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Vehicle strikes pedestrians in London, several injured

19 June 2017

London's Metropolitan Police say a number of people were injured early Monday when a vehicle collided with pedestrians shortly after midnight local time, in what police have called a "major incident".

"There has been one person arrested", the police service adds.

A further two people were treated at the scene where police arrested a 48-year-old man who had been held by members of the public amid angry scenes. Police said earlier that one person was arrested.

"Horrible to watch police officers doing cardiac massage at people on the floor, desperately trying to save them". Police did not confirm claims Muslims leaving the mosque after Tarawih prayers performed for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

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The incident followed a series of attacks in Britain.

Witness Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi told BuzzFeed News that a white van swerved and hit a group of people that were attending to an elderly man who had fallen down. His attack killed five people.

Finsbury Park mosque was once infamous as the stamping ground of hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza.

Police said the driver was detained by the crowd until police arrived.

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The Muslim Council of Britain said on Twitter they were informed that a van had run over worshippers as they left a mosque in Finsbury Park.

Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organization, said that based on eyewitness reports it seems to be a "deliberate attack against innocent Muslims".

The London Ambulance Service said it was responding to the incident. Both incidents were terrorist attacks.

"Muslim communities have been calling for increased action to tackle the growth in hate crime for many years and transformative action must now be taken to tackle not only this incident but the hugely worrying growth in Islamophobia". And in May, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. "We urge all to remain calm and do their utmost not to inflame an already volatile and distressing situation", it said in a statement.

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