Another attack grips London

Created on: 19th June 2017

One man has died and 10 others were injured when a van was rammed into worshippers in a terror attack near a London mosque, before the driver is said to have screamed: "I'm going to kill all Muslims".

The white van ploughed into pedestrians as the area was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers in Seven Sisters Road.

The London Ambulance Service said it was called to the incident at 12.15am on Monday morning.

"We sent over 60 medics to the scene, including ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist responses teams and an advance trauma team from London's Air Ambulance," said the service's Deputy Director of Operations, Kevin Bate.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is in custody. The van driver - described by witnesses as a large white man - was detained by members of the public after the incident in Finsbury Park early on Monday that police said had "all the hallmarks of terrorism".

Another witness, Adil Rana, 24, said: "The van was driving towards us to try and basically hit us at speed.

"When he got arrested, he was taunting, saying, 'I'd do it again, I'd do it again'."

Pictures of the van indicated it was rented from a company in South Wales, Pontyclun Van Hire.

The man who died is believed to have been an elderly worshipper who was already receiving first aid from members of the public after collapsing. It is not yet known if his death was caused by the attack, police said. Another said the attacker shouted about killing Muslims as he was held by local people. He his alleged to have said: "I did the job... I done my bit". Witnesses claimed he added: "I'd do it again, I'd do it again."

Theresa May is chairing an emergency Cobra meeting this morning, and is expected to give a statement in Downing Street afterwards.

"All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene," the Prime Minister said earlier.

The incident happened in Jeremy Corbyn's constituency. The Labour leader said: "The response by all three emergency services was very timely and very quick. The gentleman who died's body was on the ground and covered respectfully by a tent so that forensic examination could take place."

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby said: 

"The freedom to worship without fear is a right we cherish as a nation and was won at great human cost over many years.

"The appalling attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park is an attack on us all and on the culture and values of our country."

Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu thanked members of the public for restraining the suspect.

Earlier, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement: "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."

Posted by Amanda Hopkins

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