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

Vehicle hits people near London mosque, causing casualties

Vehicle hits people near London mosque, causing casualties

A van was driven into pedestrians in north London last night, causing at least ten casualties, witnesses said. About 10 people were injured and one person is fighting for their life.

"Our priority is to assess the level and nature of the injuries and ensure those in the most need are treated first and taken to hospital".

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

"An advance trauma team from London's Air Ambulance has also been dispatched", said a London Ambulance spokesperson in a statement. Eye witnesses described that the white van rammed into people outside the Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury, London.

One man could been seen giving CPR to a victim in the street while another man's head injury was treated with a makeshift dressing.

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.

Chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, Mohammed Kozbar has tweeted about the incident. Police said earlier that one person was arrested. Among those known to have worshiped at the mosque during Abu-Hamza's time there are convicted shoe bomber Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker of September 11.

Mr Corbyn said: "I am totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight".

A 48-year old van driver, who was detained by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police, has been taken to hospital and will be subject to a mental health assessment.

Five people were killed in the attack.

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

Police earlier said a vehicle had struck several pedestrians early Monday morning and one person had been arrested.

She added: "Everyone was shouting "a van's hit people". Enough is enough, my condolences and prayers for all the victims and their families.

Theresa May has described the incident as "terrible", adding: "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones, and the emergency services on the scene".

The Met Police said in a statement: "Police were called just after 0020hrs 18 June to reports of a vehicle in collision with pedestrians". On June 3, a van drove into a crowd of people walking on the London Bridge, followed by knife attacks, leaving eight dead and many wounded. Vanzella said she went to the window and saw "loads of people gathering" in a corner across the road from her window.

Counter-terrorism police have joined regular police officers looking into the incident, the Guardian newspaper reported.

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