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Vehicle strikes several pedestrians on road in London

19 June 2017

A Muslim council said in a statement that their prayers are with the victims.

"We have been informed that a van has run over worshipers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque".

"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", Khan said in a statement.

Police officers man a cordon at Finsbury Park where a vehicle struck pedestrians in London Monday, June 19, 2017.

Video filmed in the immediate aftermath of a van striking worshippers near a London mosque showed a Caucasian man being detained by police.

Everybody was shouting: "'A van's hit people, a van's hit people.' There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished".

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The Sun newspaper said a van hit a crowd of people near Finsbury Park mosque.

On March 22, a 52-year-old Briton rammed a vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, fatally injuring four of them, and then stabbed a police officer to death before he was gunned down by police. Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were shot dead by police, as bar customers threw bottles and chairs to defend themselves.

Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the mosque, told The Sun: 'Whoever did this, he did it to hurt people and it's a terrorist attack.

London Ambulance Service tweeted that a number of paramedics were attending to victims on the busy Seven Sisters Road which is one of the main thoroughfares in the area north of the Thames.

"I could see at least two people on the floor, not moving".

Police said the Counter Terrorism Command was investigating the crash.

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He added: "I said, 'tell me why did you try driving to kill innocent people?'"

The suspected driver of the van, a 48-year-old man, was held by bystanders at the scene before being arrested by police. Police said the male driver had also been taken to hospital as a precaution and would receive a mental health assessment.

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In 2015, the mosque was one of around 20 that took part in an open day organised by the MCB to promote better understanding of Islam following terrorist attacks in Paris.

The incident follows only weeks after a vehicle was driven into pedestrians on London Bridge by Islamist militants who then attacked crowds in Borough Market with knives, killing eight people.

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Vehicle strikes several pedestrians on road in London