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Van Drives Into Several Pedestrians In North London; Casualties Reported

19 June 2017

The video of the crash early Monday morning was accessed by the AP. He called the incident a "horrific terrorist attack".

Witnesses say a white van being driven by a white man drove down Seven Sisters Road, the BBC reports.

On June 4, three attackers rammed a hired van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby, killing seven people and injuring 48.

The police have not confirmed claims that people leaving the mosque after Tarawih prayers, part of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan were hit. Police said earlier that one person was arrested. The London Ambulance Service said the injured are being taken to hospitals. "As police arrived and got caught in traffic - the non driving officers jumped out and began running down the road - so we knew it was close".

The Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation, according to the statement.

Meanwhile, the Muslim Council of Britain slammed the incident as a "violent manifestation of Islamophbia", while urging authorities to beef up security near mosques.

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The Independent reported witnesses' accounts of the van veering off the road into crowds of worshippers as they left special Ramadan prayers shortly after midnight.

10 people were injured in the attack and one man has died at the scene.

A vehicle has struck several pedestrians in northeast London, resulting in multiple casualties.

The Muslim Council of Britain says the vehicle hit people as they were leaving Finsbury Park mosque.

There were officers on the scene with emergency responders, treating a number of injured people, according to the Metropolitan Police.

Police said the death of a male victim occurred at the scene near the Finsbury Park Mosque.

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The London Ambulance Service tweeted that it had sent "number of resources" to the site after being called in around 12.15 am. There are fears that at least two people have been killed and witnesses said the suspect stabbed at least one person.

London Ambulance Service had rolled out a statement saying that they were called at 12:15 am to the reports of a collision on Seven Sisters Road. The mosque was closed and later reorganized and has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.

The incident followed a series of attacks in Britain.

"People are going to wake up tomorrow.communities from all different backgrounds, and they're going to be in shock to hear worshippers in front of a mosque were attacked in the same way that people were attacked on the London Bridge", he said.

The incident comes after two deadly Islamist-inspired attacks this year that used vehicles to ram pedestrians - a stabbing spree earlier this month in the London Bridge area and a March attack in which a man drove a auto into crowds on Westminster Bridge.

London Ambulance Service deputy director of operations Kevin Bate said ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist response teams were sent to the scene.

Britain's terrorism threat level now remains at severe. Police killed three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack.

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