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

London vehicle hits pedestrians, police say 'number of casualties'

London vehicle hits pedestrians, police say 'number of casualties'

Two persons were killed and 10 others injured on Monday when a van collided with pedestrians near a North London mosque in an incident which is being investigated by counter-terrorism officers, police said.

Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi was among those who managed to wrestle the suspect to the ground.

A 48-year-old man has since been arrested and detained by the police.

Many local Muslim worshippers complained that police did not immediately treat the incident as a terrorist attack, saying they would have treated it differently if it had been an Islamist attack.

London Van Attack has been termed as the potential terror attack by the Prime Minister of England, Theresa May.

Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organisation which speaks out against extremism, said: 'I utterly condemn the senseless and evil van attack against Muslim worshippers outside the Finsbury Park Mosque in London.

"All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones, and the emergency services on the scene", she said. The driver would undergo a mental health assessment in due course, police said.

Police arrested the van's driver, but were trying to determine whether the collision was accidental or deliberate.

Reportedly there were three people in the van as the attack apparently happened when a score of people were coming out of the Finsbury Park Mosque after offering prayers.

Other witnesses told Sky television that the van had hit at least 10 people. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene.

A witness, who wanted to be identified as Abdulrahman, which is not his real name, told the Press Association the driver said "I want to kill Muslims" before being held down by members of the public.

The London Ambulance Service said it had sent a number of resources to the scene.

People had been attending mosques in the area as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Numerous victims are believed to have just left evening prayers after breaking the Ramadan fast.

Britain's Muslim council condemned what it called an attack on worshipers as they were leaving prayers at the mosque.

The van attack at Finsbury Park targetted Muslim worshippers leaving Finsbury Park mosque, according to reports.

Eight people were killed last month when attackers used a van to plow into pedestrians on London Bridge, then got out to stab restaurant patrons with knives at the adjacent Borough Market. The UK has been on high alert after a series of attacks.

In March, a lone attacker drove his vehicle into people on Westminster Bridge, then fatally stabbed a police officer at the gates of Parliament.

"This is a awful incident", she said in an emailed statement.

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