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At Least 1 Dead After Vehicle Hits Pedestrians Near North London Mosque

19 June 2017

Ten people were injured in the attack and police said another man died at the scene, though he was receiving first aid at the time and it wasn't clear if he died as a result of the attack or of something else.

Metropolitan police said eight injured people were taken to three hospitals. "The driver of the van.was found detained by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police in connection with the incident", the police statement said.

Mohammed Kozbar, the chairman of the mosque, said: "Our thoughts and prayers with those who got injured and effected by this cowardly attack in Finsbury Park area, many casualties in the floor".

The council tweeted that its prayers were with the victims.

On June 3, a van drove into a crowd of people walking on the London Bridge, followed by knife attacks that killed eight and wounded many others.

On 22 March a man drove a rented auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead. He was just coming out of prayers, a nice gentleman going home after prayers and he is hit and killed by a auto - what did he do? Why? Why?

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A witness who lives opposite the scene told the BBC there was a white van stopped near the Finsbury Park mosque. Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were killed by police. "I saw everything. People were badly injured".

"My prayers are with the victims and their families".

Eyewitnesses said the incident was a deliberate attack targetting Muslims during Ramadam. The statement says: "One man was pronounced dead at the scene".

The Muslim Council of Britain condemned the attack as "the most violent manifestation" yet of Islamophobia and called for extra security around mosques, which the Met Police has now promised.

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"He turned left into the alleyway, and he just drove at people", eyewitness Abdiqadir Warra told AFP.

On March 22, a man drove a rented vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a police officer guarding the British parliament to death before being shot dead. The van driver tried to escape but people grabbed him. He said: "I just heard a van turning into us. They were helping on the pavement and trying to help them to get away from the scene".

Finsbury Park mosque was associated with the radical cleric Abu Hamza until 2005, when it was taken over by new management.

On a Monday night, a white van swerved and cannoned into a crowd of passersby atop the London Bridge.

- All of the victims were from the Muslim community, police said.

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