Finsbury Park: one dead, eight injured as van hits worshippers near London mosque – live updates

Counter-terrorism police investigating and one man arrested after van strikes pedestrians, killing one man, in Seven Sisters Road, north London 4.54am BST Police have confirmed that one man was pronounced dead at the scene and eight were injured. The Metropolitan Police put out a statement confirming that counter-terrorism police were investigating and that the area had been designated as a crime scene. The injured have been taken to three separate hospitals; two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.At this stage there are no reports of any persons having suffered any knife injuries. The driver of the van - a man aged 48 - was found detained by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police in connection with the incident. He has been taken to hospital as a precaution, and will be taken into custody once discharged. He will also be subject of a mental health assessment in due course. 4.45am BST A statement from the Muslim Council of Britain has condemned the incident, noting it is “widely being described as a terror attack”. The statement said witness accounts described the van “intentionally ploughed into a group of worshippers who were already tending to someone who had been taken ill”. Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain said: During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship. My prayers are with the victims and their families. It appears from eye witness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia.Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date.Given we are approaching the end of the month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid with many Muslims going to local mosques, we expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency.Muslim communities have been calling for increased action to tackle the growth in hate crime for many years and transformative action must now be taken to tackle not only this incident but the hugely worrying growth in Islamophobia.Many will feel terrorised, no doubt be angry and saddened by what has taken place tonight. We urge calm as the investigation establishes the full facts, and in these last days of Ramadan, pray for those affected and for justice.” Continue reading... ...
6 Published By - The Guardian - 2017.06.19. 05:59
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