The suspect, who is believed to have been from Weston-super-Mare, remains in custody at a south London police station.
According to eyewitness Abdul Rahman, the driver yelled he wanted to "kill all Muslims" before he was tackled and subdued by other mosque-goers. The man added "Just kill me, just kill me" as he was taken away by police, Abdi said.
"I hit him on his stomach".
"The man, he tried to escape. but they caught the driver", Warra said.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, told Sky News earlier on Monday that the imam's actions in "calming things down" were "what I'd expect from a good faith leader, from a good Muslim leader". "A post mortem examination will be scheduled due course", Metropolitan Police said. "He was sitting and holding him like that, people kept holding him".
May attempted to counter that feeling in her speech, declaring that police arrived at the scene within one minute, and that a terror attack was declared in eight minutes. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby went even further on behalf of the religious community and deemed this as "an attack on us all". "We must stand united against hatred and extremism in all it's ugly forms", tweeted Trump, who is a top aide to her father, President Donald Trump.
"This morning, our country woke to news of another terrorist attack on the streets of our capital city: the second this month and every bit as sickening as those which have come before", Ms May said outside her Downing Street office. "My thoughts are with those and the community affected by this bad event".
The incident took place during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when worshipers traditionally fast during the daytime and worship at night.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim to serve in that position, said that "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".
"This is a resilient city".
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"He has assured me that his team is fully engaged and working in partnership with the London Metropolitan Police as the investigation into the abhorrent attack at Finsbury Park gets under way", Mr Cairns said.
BBC home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani said it was not the first time that Muslims - and specifically visible Muslim targets, namely mosques - had been targeted in an act of terrorism in the UK.
"My thoughts are with all the innocent people affected, and I wish so much for peace", she said.
Photos show a number of police cars are on the scene and the area cordoned off to civilians.
"An advance trauma team from London's Air Ambulance has also been dispatched by vehicle", the statement said.
The van "slowly and intentionally accelerated into a crowded cafe outside a mosque", LBC cited an eyewitness as saying.
Police said the 48-year-old man who was driving the van that hit people leaving evening prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque has been arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution.
This was the fourth terror attack in the England in four months, following incidents in Westminster, Manchester and on the London Bridge.
The quickly arranged visit, which came just over 12 hours after the incident, came after she received severe criticism for her response to a massive fire in a high-rise apartment block last week that left at least 79 people confirmed dead or missing.
Manchester was also hit in May when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.
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