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Finsbury Park Mosque Terror Attack

19 June 2017

"We send our deepest sympathy and solidarity with all our sisters and brothers at Finsbury Park mosque".

(Yui Mok/PA via AP).

The incident occurred in Seven Sisters road, north London at around 12:20am, outside the Muslim Welfare House.

Transportation officials said roads in the area were being closed.

A van crashed into a crowd of pedestrians Sunday killing a number of them, Metropolitan Police said. Images from the scene show a white van wedged against a traffic barrier at the dead end of a street.

"We have a witness saying that the guy who did what he did, the driver of the van, said 'I did my bit, ' which means he's not mentally ill", Kacimi said.

Police say the situation is fluid and declined to comment further.

"Police say incident has all the "hallmarks" of a terrorist" incident.

The suspected attacker was wrestled out of the van by a crowd. "There were at least 300 people in the mosque praying, and everyone was panicking, everyone was screaming".

- One man was found dead at the scene, according to police, but it's not clear if he was killed during the attack.

Leaders at the facility - which provides support services for Muslims in the North London area - quickly condemned the attack, referring to it as an "act of hate" meant to drive the community apart.

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Earlier she described it as a "terrible incident", adding: "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene".

The Muslim Council of Britain has called for extra security around mosques, describing the attack as "the most violent manifestation" of Islamophobia.

- Abu Hamza, who was the mosque's imam from 1997 to 2003, was later extradited to the United States, where he was convicted of supporting al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists, and sentenced to life in prison in 2015.

"All the victims were Muslim and there are now no- other suspects", he added.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said extra police had been deployed to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan.

In a statement, Finsbury Park Mosque said it was a "callous terrorist attack" and noted it had occurred nearly exactly a year after man obsessed with Nazis and extreme right-wing ideology murdered lawmaker Jo Cox, a former humanitarian aid worker.

And just last week, Londoners were presented with the horrific sight of an entire high-rise on fire.

A van is seen near Finsbury Park station after the vehicle struck pedestrians in north London, Monday June 19, 2017.

Someone in the crowd yelled to others not to harm the man while he was taken into custody. "No one! No one!"

Flowers have been laid near Finsbury Park Mosque, while police officers have also arranged bouquets from members of the public inside the cordon.

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Prime Minister Theresa May said she would chair an emergency security Cabinet session Monday.

The home secretary said no details are known about the attacker "at this time".

No other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police, Scotland Yard said.

Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the attack had been intentional. A van ploughed into worshippers leaving a London mosque on Monday, injuring 10 people.

The neighborhood has two mosques, and several hundred worshippers would have been in the area after attending prayers as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"That is why the counter-terrorism command were called out to investigate".

If confirmed by the authorities as terrorism, it would be the fourth attack since March in Britain and the third to involve a vehicle deliberately driven at pedestrians.

Scotland Yard said eight people were taken to hospital, two of whom have been seriously hurt.

Another witness interviewed by RT News took photos of the van driver as he was arrested, one of which is included top of the article.

But police appeared to discount earlier reports that some victims had been stabbed, saying none of the injured suffered knife wounds.

BREAKING: We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque. It said its prayers are with the victims.

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