Vehicle hits people near London mosque, causing casualties

Police at the scene of a crash in Finsbury Park in north London

Officers were called to the scene at 12:20 a.m. Monday near Finsbury Park Mosque as people were leaving a service. British Prime Minister Theresa May said an emergency response meeting will be held today, according to the Telegraph.

The London Metropolitan Police said Monday it was "too early" to say whether the incident near Finsbury Park, northern London, was a terrorist attack.

"This is a awful incident", Ms May said in a statement.

The Metropolitan Police said the investigation of the incident is being carried out by the Counter Terrorism Command.

It added later that the collision occurred outside the Muslim Welfare House, which is nearby the mosque.

When and where did it happen?

Night comes pretty late in London this time of year.

Arsenal Football Club's Emirates Stadium is located close by, while further up Seven Sisters Road is the green space of Finsbury Park, which opened in 1869 and gives the area its name.

He told BuzzFeed: "I think at least eight or 10 people got injured".

Emergency services and forensic officers gather on a road near Finsbury Park station after a vehicle struck pedestrians in north London, Monday June 19, 2017. "It was three local men that were holding the man from the van until police came and put him inside the van", he said. Eyewitness told Sky News and other British media that the van seemed to have veered and hit people intentionally.

Resident Cynthia Vanzella said she was in bed when she heard people shouting.

Witness Abdikadar Warfa told the London Telegraph that bystanders attempted to lift the van off an injured man while others apprehended the driver.

Finsbury Park mosque was once infamous as the stamping ground of hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza.

Witnesses told the BBC that three men got out of the vehicle after it hit a motorcyclist.

"The driver of the van - a man aged 48 - was found detained by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police in connection with the incident".

This incident is coming weeks after suspected attacks on the United Kingdom by suspected terrorists.

"This is a bad incident", Ms May said in a statement. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote on Twitter: "I'm totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight". Armed police, ambulances and the fire service were in attendance.

"There has been this concern within the community, this concern within the mosque itself particularly over the years as it has worked to try and reshape its reputation to try and shed that reputation for extremism, for contributing to extremist thought, ideology and indeed perhaps violent acts".

The Finsbury Park Mosque gained notoriety more than a decade ago for sermons by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was sentenced to life in a US prison in January 2015 for his conviction on terrorism-related charges.

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