Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Finsbury Park mosque terror attack: Who are the victims?

Finsbury Park mosque terror attack: Who are the victims?

Police officers attend to the scene after a vehicle collided with pedestrians in the Finsbury Park neighbourhood of North London, Britain. "Inquiries continue. More information will be released when confirmed", police said in a statement.

Vanzella said she saw police put a man into a police auto and take him away, but she didn't see them arrest him.

They killed eight people before being shot dead by police.

Travellers who did with to use the station were being told to use the Station Place entrance, and not the Seven Sisters Road entrance, which was closed.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is the MP for Islington North, the constituency where the mosque is located, tweeted his shock at the attack.

Describing it as "terrible incident", the prime minister said: "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene".

The council clarified that the incident took place outside the Muslim Welfare House, 300 meters away from the mosque.

A van driven by a 48-year-old man ran into pedestrians just after midnight local time, in an incident that is being investigated by counterterrorism officers, police said earlier.

Deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu said: "The attack unfolded while a man was already receiving first aid from members of the public at the scene, and sadly that man has died".

And the Muslim Welfare House has also released a statement saying: 'All of us at Muslim Welfare House sends our thoughts and prayers to the victims and those injured in the major incident at Finsbury Park.

Eyewitnesses told British media that the van seemed to have veered and hit people intentionally.

- One man pronounced dead at scene, police say. Its terror alert has been set at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely.

The incident comes just over two weeks after three militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars, killing eight.

She added: "I saw a lot of people injured".

"We have worked very hard over decades to build a peaceful and tolerant community here in Finsbury Park and we totally condemn any act of hate that tries to drive our wonderful community apart", CEO Toufik Kacimi said. She said there has been no conflict among the groups in the past.

Abu Hamza, who was the mosque's imam from 1997 to 2003, was later extradited to the United States, where he was convicted of supporting al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists, and sentenced to life in prison in 2015.

Heroic bystanders wrestled the suspect, who was clean-shaven with curly hair and wore a white t-shirt, to the floor and pinned him down until officers arrived, at around 12.20am, after he allegedly screamed: "I want to kill all Muslims".

Manchester was also recently hit by a devastating attack when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

On March 22, a man drove a rented vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead.

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