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Van rams Muslim worshippers near Finsbury Park mosque, London

June 19th, 2017 | Tags:
One man was killed and another 10 were injured when a van drove into worshippers close to a mosque in north London. Photo: BBC
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One man was killed and another 10 were injured when a van drove into worshippers close to a mosque in north London.

The terror attack happened shortly before 00:20 BST on Monday, 19 June, when the vehicle mounted the pavement outside the Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road, near Finsbury Park Mosque.

A number of people on the street had just taken part in evening prayers after breaking the Ramadan fast.

A group were helping an elderly man who had fallen down in Whadcoat Street - a short road off Seven Sisters Road - as they waited for their next set of prayers.

It was then that a white van came down the street, mounted the pavement and drove into people.

Calls were made to the emergency services at about 00:20 BST.

Over 60 medics were sent to the scene, including ambulance crews, advance paramedics, specialist response teams, and a trauma team from London's Air Ambulance.

A number of police units arrived at the scene and placed cordons around the area.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was "declared a terrorist incident within eight minutes" of the emergency call being received.

As a result, officers from the local borough are being supported by armed police and the Territorial Support Group, which is deployed to events that may involve public disorder. The Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation.

Police confirmed early on Monday that one person had died following the attack, but that person has not yet been named.

The man who died was the same person who had received first aid before the attack.

Police said they would investigate whether he died as a result of the attack or something else. Officers are trying to contact the next of kin.

The London Ambulance Service said eight people were being treated in three hospitals in the capital, with some in a serious condition.

Two other people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The police confirmed that all the victims were Muslims.

Witnesses reported seeing one man giving CPR to a victim in the street, while another man's head injury was treated with a makeshift dressing.

A 48-year-old white man, who police said was the driver of the van, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

He was first detained by members of the public as they waited for police to arrive on the scene.

Police said he has been taken to hospital as a precaution, but will be taken into custody once he is discharged.

 

 

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