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1 dead, 8 injured in the latest terror attack on London

20 Juin 2017

One man has died after a white hire van hit 11 worshippers leaving a Muslim welfare centre in north London after midnight prayers. A witness told the BBC that the driver said, "I want to kill Muslims", as he tried to flee the scene.

- UK Prime Minister Theresa May said police are treating the van incident near Finsbury Park "as a potential terrorist attack", the UK Press Association reported.

Religious leaders in London condemned Monday's van attack outside a local mosque and observed a moment of silence for the victims. "We don't yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan". "I think at least eight or 10 people were injured".

The deadly van-ramming attack at a mosque in London is "a painful illustration of why we must never allow hatred to breed hatred", Britain's chief rabbi said.

"Don't hit him, hand him over to the police, pin him down", a witness, Adil Rana, quoted Mahmoud as saying.

A cafe owner who had pinned Osborne to the ground said he's sure the attacker would be dead if the imam hadn't intervened.

British Security Minister Ben Wallace said authorities were aware of rising far-right activity but were not aware of the suspect prior to the attack near a north London mosque. Eight of the injured were taken to hospitals and the rest were treated at the scene.

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The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said extra police had been deployed to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan, and said the attack was "an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect".

The police did not describe the incident as an attack, but they did confirm that investigation of the incident is being carried out by the Counter Terrorism Command.

Britain's terrorist alert has been set at "severe" meaning an attack is highly likely.

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.

The man receiving treatment was killed in the attack in the early hours of Monday.

On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.

1 dead, 8 injured in the latest terror attack on London