"It was treated immediately as a suspected terrorist attack".
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.
"Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia and this is the most violent manifestation to date", said Harun Khan, head of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), an umbrella body. The other attacks were carried out by radicalized Muslims.
No other suspects have been identified and police are investigating the incident under the Counter Terrorism Command. Eight of the injured were taken to hospitals, police said. May says hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed and she says the government will "stop at nothing" to defeat extremism.
"The appalling attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park is an attack on us all and on the culture and values of our country".
People gathered to pray on the street following the incident. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
Mohammed Kozbar said the attack early Monday morning was no different than the recent attacks on London Bridge and Manchester Arena and said the Muslim community is "in shock".
"Everyone was shouting 'a van's hit people, '" one eyewitness told the BBC. Rahman told the British broadcaster that he hit the suspect and helped subdue him. And then the guy came out of his van and I got him.
"We are shocked when we heard the news because we were just having a good time".
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He said: "During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship. It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia", he said.
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Video shows an angry crowd pinning down the apparent van driver moments after his vehicle ploughed into worshippers leaving a north London mosque.
At one time it was associated with extremism, due to its links with Egyptian-born radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri in the early 2000s. The use of a vehicle to mow down pedestrians drew horrifying parallels with the London Bridge attack, when three men drove a van into pedestrians before embarking on a stabbing spree, as well as with another auto and knife rampage in Westminster in March.
As with many areas on the fringes of central London, gentrification has seen the arrival of gourmet coffee shops and refurbished bars. Three attackers went on a stabbing spree before police killed them. In Manchester 22 people died at a pop concert after a suicide bomber blew himself up.
The crash occurred shortly after midnight, when police received reports of a collision between a van and pedestrians.
Monday's incident also comes as Britain was coming to terms with the high-rise fire that killed scores.
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