LONDON: A van collided with pedestrians outside a Fisbury Park mosque in North London, the Mosque is one of Britains largest.
one man has reportedly been killed in the devastating incident, whilst 10 others have been injured, the incident took place on Monday 12am soon after Taraweeh prayers when a van collided with pedestrians. The incident is being invested by counter terrorism officers.
“one man was pronounced dead at the scene,” the Metropolitan
police said in a statement.
The van driver was detained by members of the public who wrestled to keep him locked down for at least 10 minutes before police arrived, the van driver was 48 years old and will be subject to mental health assessment.
The Council said “the van incident is a violent manifestation of Islamophobia and have called on authorities to increase security outside mosques.”
“From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside. … Everybody was shouting: ‘A van’s hit people, a van’s hit people’,” one woman who lives opposite the scene told the BBC.
“There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished. I didn’t see the attacker himself, although he seems to have been arrested, but I did see the van.”
A man leapt out of the van and stabbed at least one person, the Evening Standard newspaper said, citing witnesses. Reuters could not immediately confirm that report.
“He tried to kill a lot of people so obviously it’s a terrorist attack. He targeted Muslims this time” said a witness.
“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.
“A number of passers-by, or friends, or people who had come by from the mosque, were gathering around him to help take him to his family, take him to his house,” Versi told Reuters.
“At that moment in time, basically a van swerved into them deliberately,” he said, citing a witness at the scene.
He said the driver had run out of the van but a group of people caught him and held him until police arrived.” according to the Tribune
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