Pedestrians struck by van in London1:01
Police in London say they are dealing with an incident, with reports a vehicle has driven into pedestrians.
A VAN has reportedly mown down pedestrians near Londonâ€™s Finsbury Park Mosque. A massive police response is underway.
Metropolitan Police say they are attending a ‘major incident’ with responders including riot vans, armed personnel and a helicopter.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said officers were called at 12.20am.
“Officers are on the scene with other emergency services,” he said. “There are a number of casualties being worked on at the scene. There has been one person arrested. Enquiries continue.”
There are unconfirmed reports of fatalities. London Ambulance reports it has sent ‘a number’ of resources to the Seven Sisters Road ‘incident’.
Unconfirmed reports from the scene suggest that up to three people may have been killed.
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. Our prayers are with the victims.
Harun Khan, the head of the MCB, tweeted that the van had “intentionally” run over people leaving night prayers held during the holy month of Ramadan.
Eyewitnesses have told LBC radio that the van approached “slowly and intentionally accelerated into crowded cafe outside a mosque”.
Another witness told the station: “I saw police giving CPR, getting the heart going again and another guy on the floor.”
He said people had been drinking coffee at a nearby after leaving the mosque after Tarawih prayers performed for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Another caller told LBC her sister was at the scene when the incident happened.
The woman said her sister described it as “something from a horror movie, everyone running everywhere”.
Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of Finsbury Park mosque, told The Sun: “Whoever did this, he did it to hurt people and it’s a terrorist attack.
“We call it a terrorist attack as we called it in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge. The van drove over people who were leaving late prayers. They were gathering in Seven Sisters Road.
“I heard there are fatalities but I don’t want to jump to conclusions. My concern now is the casualties who have been affected.”
Finsbury Park Mosque has been known to have served as a clearing house for radical Muslims after cleric Abu Hamza arrived as imam in 1997.
Al Qaeda operatives including “shoebomber” Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui attended the mosque.
in 2003 the Mosque was raided by the Police and shut down. It was then reclaimed in 2005 by the local Muslim community with the help of the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB).
Hamza, known as the Hook Hand, is an Egyptian cleric who preached Islamic fundamentalism and militant Islamism from the London mosque until he was arrested in 2004 after a US request to extradite him to face terrorism charges.
He was later charged by British authorities with sixteen offences for inciting violence and racial hatred. In 2006, a British court found him guilty of inciting violence, and sentenced him to seven years’ imprisonment.
On 5 October 2012, after an eight-year legal battle, he was extradited from the UK to the US to face terrorism charges and on 14 April 2014 his trial began in New York. On 19 May 2014, Hamza was found guilty of eleven terrorism charges by a federal jury in Manhattan. On 9 January 2015, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
March 22, 2017: Islamist Briton Khalid Masood, 52, mows down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in a car then charges on foot towards the Houses of Parliament, fatally stabbing a police officer before being shot dead. Five victims are killed and more than 50 injured.
May 22, 2017: British Muslim Salman Ramadan Abedi, 22, detonates a suicide bomb at Manchester Arena following a gig by Ariana Grande. It kills 22 people, mainly youngsters, and injures 119.
June 3, 2017: Three Islamists - Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba - drive into pedestrians on London Bridge then run amok in the nearby nightlife area in fake suicide bomb vests, stabbing people at random before police fatally shoot all three. Eight innocents die and 48 are injured.
June 14, 2017: Although not a terror attack, this horror shakes Britain to the core. A raging fire at a tower block in west London leaves 30 confirmed dead with 28 missing and presumed dead.