Van rams pedestrians near London mosque

According to London Ambulance Service Deputy Director of Operations, Kevin Bate, "We have treated eight patients at the scene and taken them to three London hospitals". Eight of the injured were taken to hospitals and the rest were treated at the scene. The victims were thought to have been taking part in taraweeh - extra prayers at night - in the month of Ramadan.

The incident comes at a time when emotions are high in England, where there have been several recent terrorist attacks.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), an umbrella body, said on twitter: "We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque".

Islington's Seven Sisters Road, where the attack took place, is home to at least four mosques, and would have likely been filled with worshipers leaving late-night taraweeh prayers and heading back toward the Finsbury Park Underground Station.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said following that attack that there had been a 40-percent increase in racist incidents in the city and a fivefold increase in the number of anti-Muslim incidents.

Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi said he was among a group of people helping an elderly worshipper who had fallen down when the van swerved towards them.

Meanwhile, chairman of the mosque at Finsbury Park Mohammed Kozbar tweeted: "Our thoughts and prayers with those who got injured and effected by this cowardly attack in Finsbury Park area, many casualties in the floor".

Police earlier said one person had been arrested following the incident early Monday morning local time. Muslims now are observing Ramadan, during which they fast from dawn to dusk and engage in intense prayer and feast at sundown.

The leader of the opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn also tweeted about the crash.

"The driver of the van - a man aged 48 - was found detained by members of the public at the scene", police report.

There are "a number of casualties being worked on at the scene" in London after a vehicle hit multiple pedestrians, authorities report.

Police say one person died when a van hit crowd of worshippers in north London and the Counter Terrorism Command is investigating the crash.

At about 12.15 on Monday a van hit pedestrians in Seven Sisters Road.

"Officers are on scene with other emergency services". Enough is enough, my condolences and prayers for all the victims and their families. During that event, a vehicle killed multiple pedestrians before attackers entered a nearby restaurant and began stabbing people.

London police have declared the crash a major incident and closed the area to normal traffic.

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