Theresa May Condemns ‘Sickening’ Attack on Muslism in North London
A man died and 10 people were injured after a van was rammed into a crowd of worshippers near a mosque in north London, in the latest terror attack to hit the UK this year.
Eyewitnesses reported chaotic scenes as the incident unfolded just after midnight, when evening Ramadan prayers had finished.
A 48-year-old white man was wrestled to the ground by members of the public and then arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder, authorities said.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was directed at Muslims and condemned it as “every bit as sickening” as deadly Islamist attacks that hit the country in recent months.
— Police say they believe there was only one man in the van.
— An imam stopped the crowd from hitting and kicking the attacker.
— Witnesses saw a man underneath the van.
— Eight people were hospitalized, all Muslim.
— Van appears to be a hire vehicle from a company in Wales.
The van rammed into the worshippers on Seven Sisters Road, a busy thoroughfare in Finsbury Park, north London, near a Muslim community center and a mosque.
Neil Basu, senior national coordinator for terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, confirmed witness accounts that the man found dead at the scene was already receiving first aid when the attack happened. He said it was unclear whether he died as a result of the attack.
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SOURCE: CNN, Angela Dewan, Carol Jordan, Stephanie Halasz and Steve George