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Muslim Council says van struck people leaving mosque

19 Juin 2017

Witnesses at the scene of a suspected terrorist attack at a London mosque in the early hours of Monday (June 19) describe people flying as a van ploughed into worshippers after evening prayers.

"An elderly man who just came from the mosque, he just fainted and people were picking him up when the van he just sped up and ran them over when the guy was one the floor", said Atikur Arhman, another witness. Counter-terrorism units are investigating, according to CNN.

A van rammed into a crowd as worshippers were leaving a mosque after Sunday night prayer in north London, during this, the holy month of Ramadan.

Kozbar reportedly said this was "a serious incident, maybe a terrorist incident, which affects a lot of people" in this part of London.

"This big van just came and went all over us", witness Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi told BuzzFeed News. Two of those being treated in hospital sustained "very serious" injuries, said Basu.

Basu said the victims were all from the Muslim community, eight of the injured were taken to hospital and two were treated at the scene. "I've been in touch with the mosques, police and Islington council regarding the incident", Corbyn wrote.

Eyewitnesses have told CNN that they saw a group of bystanders drag the driver out of the white van, pin him to the ground and hit him.

Many people at the scene credited the Imam of the Muslim Welfare House, Mohammed Mahmoud, with calming the situation as bystanders held the suspect before police arrived.

British police have arrested a man after a van was driven into a late-night crowd near a mosque in north London.

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'There has been one person arrested. The statement says: "One man was pronounced dead at the scene". The site of the incident is close to another mosque near the Finsbury Park on the same road. His attack killed five people.

The Muslim Council of Britain said a van intentionally ran over worshippers and called it a "violent manifestation of Islamophobia".

Police arrested the van's driver, but were trying to determine whether the collision was accidental or deliberate.

The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that there have been no reports of Malaysians involved in the Finsbury Park attack in London.

The MCB later said on Twitter that the incident occurred outside the Muslim Welfare House, which is near the mosque.

She said, "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene".

"The Muslim community, which are messaging each other on social media saying stick together, be vigilant".

Earlier, Prime Minister Theresa May said police were treating the van incident "as a potential terrorist attack". Armed police, ambulances and the fire service were in attendance. In May, the city of Manchester was targeted with a suicide bombing at a pop concert that killed 22 people.