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Van hits pedestrians near London mosque, 'number of casualties'

19 June 2017

"An attack on one community is an attack on all of us", Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said.

Cynthia Vanzella said on Twitter: "Horrible to watch police officers doing cardiac massage at people on the floor, desperately trying to save them".

The group's general secretary, Harun Khan, said that eyewitnesses saw the van driver hit a number of Muslims.

In what appeared to be another terrorist attack in London, a van hit a crowd of Muslim worshippers who had left a mosque in north London's Finsbury Park, leaving one dead and eight injured. It said its prayers are with the victims.

"The British Muslim community requires all decent people to stand with us against this evil violence", he said, adding that "rampant Islamophobia has been on the rise for a number of years".

Finsbury Park mosque was once infamous as the stamping ground of hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza. CNN is reporting that the incident occurred near a mosque as people were leaving a service. The video of the crash early Monday morning was accessed by the AP.

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The Finsbury Park mosque was associated with extremist ideology for several years after the 9/11 attacks in the United States but was shut down and reorganized.

Britain set its terror at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely, after a pair of incidents recently.

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

Police described it as a "major incident".

'Given we are approaching the end of the month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid with many Muslims going to local mosques, we expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency.

Pictures posted on social media show more than a dozen emergency vehicles near the UKCG Help Centre at the junction of Seven Sisters Road and the A503 Tollington Road.

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"An advance trauma team from London's Air Ambulance has also been dispatched by vehicle", the statement said.

Further details were not immediately available. One person has been arrested.

"The Metropolitan Police are responding to a horrific terrorist attack on innocent people in Finsbury Park..."

Finsbury Park Mosque Chairman Mohammad Kozbar lamenting over the incident, "Our thoughts and prayers with those who got injured and effected by this cowardly attack".

Prime Minister Theresa May 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".

"We are working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene", said Bate.

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"Due to the nature of this incident extra policing resources have been deployed in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan", the Guardian quoted the statement as saying.

Van hits pedestrians near London mosque, 'number of casualties'