Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Vehicle strikes several pedestrians on London road


One person was arrested following the incident near Finsbury Park Mosque in Seven Sisters Road, the BBC reported. "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene", she said. There are a number of casualties being worked on at the scene.

Metropolitan Police are calling it a "major incident". Muslims now are observing Ramadan, during which they fast from dawn to dusk and engage in intense prayer and feast at sundown.

"An advance trauma team from London's Air Ambulance has also been dispatched by vehicle", the statement said. "He targeted Muslims this time", the witness, identified only as Rayan, said.

Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the van had deliberately swerved into a group of people who were helping a man who was ill and had fallen to the ground. The incident followed a series of attacks in Britain.

According to unconfirmed reports cited by the Evening Standard, a man wielding a knife came out of the van after it mounted the pavement and stabbed at least one person.

In 2015, the mosque was one of around 20 that took part in an open day organized by the MCB to promote better understanding of Islam following Islamist-inspired terrorist attacks in Paris. The attackers were killed by police. Police have not said if the crash was deliberate or accidental.

Eyewitnesses say that the man drove van at pedestrians outside London mosque then shouted "I want to kill all Muslims".

Eight of those who were injured were taken to three separate hospitals in the area and two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

In both cases, the attackers were shot dead by security forces.

The 32-year-old told the Press Association: "There were a lot of people in the street, crossing the street, going to mosque for prayers, for forgiveness, just to pray and go home and eat".

The site of the incident is close to another mosque near the Finsbury Park on the same road. Vanzella said she went to the window and saw "loads of people gathering" in a corner across the road from her window.

Helicopters buzzed overhead, and ambulances and police cars raced to the scene.

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