Vehicle hits people near London mosque, causing casualties

19 June, 2017, 13:30 | Author: Leticia Walters

A vehicle struck pedestrians near a mosque in north London early Mond.

IT comes just two weeks after the London Bridge terror attack, where radical Islamists used a hire van to mow people down in the capital.

(Yui Mok/PA via AP).

Islington's Seven Sisters Road area - the scene of the attack - is home to at least four mosques, and would have likely been filled with worshipers leaving late-night taraweeh prayers - special prayers during the holy month of Ramadan - and heading back towards the Finsbury Park Underground station. Police man a cordon at Finsbury Park where a vehicle struck pedestrians in London Monday, June 19, 2017. Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were killed by police. "It's a very strong Muslim community in this area and what's happening today is I think the people must be extremely, extremely sad", Al-Sulaman said. She said her thoughts were with the injured, their loved ones and emergency officials who responded to the incident.

Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said that based on accounts from witnesses the driver was "motivated by Islamophobia".

One person has been arrested but police have not said if the crash was deliberate or accidental.

The Metropolitan Police earlier declared the collision as a "major incident" and said that there were "a number of casualties". He said it turned left into the alleyway and hit a number of people "mostly from the mosque".

Amateur video footage seen by AFP showed three people lying on the ground, including one who was receiving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

London Ambulance Service tweeted that it was also sending emergency crews to the scene. She said there has been no conflict among the groups in the past.

Al-Masri, 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.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she would chair an emergency security Cabinet session later Monday.

"People were shouting this is an act of terrorism, even though he's white", another witness, Hillary Briffa, said, referring to the man taken away be police.

"My prayers are with the victims and their families".

The chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, says the incident was a "cowardly attack" on worshippers. The mosque called it a "callous terrorist attack". Police say no other suspects have been identified or reported.

The force added: "Due to the nature of this incident extra policing resources have been deployed in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan".

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), an umbrella body for British Muslims, said the incident occurred outside the Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road, near the Finsbury Park mosque. In a statement Khan said, "While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the bad attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect".

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