Van Rams Pedestrians In London, 1 Dead, PM Theresa May Says `Potential Terror Attack`

Last Updated: Sunday, June 18, 2017, 23:56
Van Rams Pedestrians In London, 1 Dead, PM Theresa May Says `Potential Terror Attack`
At least one person is dead and ten are injured after a van rammed into pedestrians in a suspected anti-Muslim terror attack outside a mosque in north London.

Police confirmed a man was pronounced dead at the scene and counter-terrorism forces are investigating. Eight injured people were taken to three separate hospitals and two were treated at the scene for minor injuries after the van mowed people down on Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park.

The driver was arrested after witnesses said the van appeared to deliberately accelerate into a crowd of Muslim worshippers who had just left a prayer service.
Armed police remain at the scene.

Metropolitan Police said in a statement that the driver of the van, a man aged 48, was found detained by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police in connection with the incident.

The man has been taken to hospital as a precaution, and will be taken into custody once discharged. He will also be subject of a mental health assessment in due course.
The investigation of the incident is being carried out by the Counter Terrorism Command. At this early stage of this investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police, however the investigation continues. Due to the nature of this incident extra policing resources have been deployed in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan.

Several witnesses said there were three white men in the van and two escaped but this has not been confirmed. Police also denied rumours a knife was involved.

Police were called to the scene shortly after 12.20am local time and a helicopter circled overhead as emergency services treated people on the street and took them away on stretchers.

Injured pedestrians were taken away on stretchers as the road filled with police, emergency services and bystanders, including many Muslim worshippers who had just left the mosque and began praying on the street for those hurt.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said police were “responding to a horrific terrorist attack on innocent people.”

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