Vehicle strikes several pedestrians on London road

Police: Vehicle strikes several pedestrians on London road

Here's what we know so far about an incident in which a van drove into pedestrians near Finsbury Park Mosque, north London, in the early hours of Monday morning, injuring several people.

"People now have a big question about safety in London after all these terrorist attacks, and we want to assure them that they are safe, and that's why we want to work with the police", Kozbar said.

At least one man died and 10 others were injured in the attack, which police are now treating as a "terrorist incident". All the victims were Muslim, he said.

Earlier, police also said the arrested man would be the "subject of a mental health assessment in due course".

A heroic imam has been praised for his efforts to calm the chaotic situation in the aftermath of the attack.

- Witnesses saw a man underneath the van.

This is the shocking moment the Finsbury Park terror suspect was filmed blowing a kiss from a police van after worshippers were mowed down near a mosque.

- One man was found dead at the scene, according to police, but it's not clear if he was killed during the attack. Eight of the injured were taken to hospitals, police said. 'I want to kill Muslims'. He was sitting and holding him like that, people kept holding him. Police are investigating whether a man who died while being given first aid at the scene was killed by the attack or something else.

Basu said that police were keeping an "open mind" on the motivations behind the attack, but "given the methodology and given what was occurring and what's happened, the tragic incidents across the country, this had all the hallmarks of a terrorist incident".

Speaking at the scene she said: "This was quite clearly an attack on Muslims who looked like they were probably Muslims and they were coming from a prayer meeting". The attack Monday hits a community already feeling targeted in the fallout from the London Bridge killings and other attacks blamed on Islamic extremists.

Emotions are high in the United Kingdom in the wake of a series of deadly terrorist attacks and a fire at a London apartment building that killed dozens. The Labour leader said: "The response by all three emergency services was very timely and very quick". Ali Habib, a 23-year-old student, said residents are angry that the mosque attack hasn't been portrayed in the same light as other attacks across Britain. A local imam, Mohammed Mahmoud, said he organized a group of people and shielded the man until police could take him away. London police are investigating it as a terrorist incident.

"He punched me in the head", Hashi said, showing his bruises. "Since then we've worked tirelessly to open our centre, our mosque, our activities to the public", Khalid Oumar, one of the mosque trustees, had said.

An eyewitness told how he jumped out of the way of the van as it struck: "He just came into all of us". The man's name was not released. He said police had instructed him not to speak to the media.

The van used in the attack appears to have been hired from a hire company called Pontyclun in Pontypridd in South Wales.

Its secretary-general, Harun Khan, said: "During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship". It said its prayers are with the victims. This comes near the end of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims.

Finsbury Park, in the London Borough of Islington, is a bustling, diverse area of north London with a strong Muslim community.

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