1 arrested after vehicle strikes pedestrians in London

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 19, 2017

A van ploughed into worshippers leaving a London mosque on Monday, injuring 10 people in what witnesses said was a deliberate attack on Muslims.

"No matter what the motivation for this attack proves to be, we are keeping an open mind".

- The Metropolitan police's Counter Terrorism Command forces are investigating the incident.

May was due to hold an emergency ministerial meeting later on Monday to discuss the attack. The statement says: "One man was pronounced dead at the scene". "A big man", he said. Police said eight of the injured were hospitalized; the other two had minor injuries and were treated at the scene. Two of them are seriously injured.

Earlier this month, a van rammed pedestrians on London Bridge, setting off vehicle and knife attacks that left eight people dead and many other injured on the bridge and in the nearby Borough Market area.

Despite the change in leadership and a new focus on inter-faith relations, the mosque reported it had received a string of threatening emails and letters in the wake of the Paris attacks.

"They are doing their usual daily routine - they did not expect a van coming out of nowhere hitting them".

Counter terrorism officers are at the scene and extra police are being deployed to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said.

Eyewitness Abdul Rahman told the BBC he struck one of the attackers and helped subdue him.

"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".

Forensics officers are examining a white van which has Pontyclun Van Hire on it - a Rhondda Cynon Taff firm.

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

Also, reports quoted Theresa May as calling the situation at Finsbury Park mosque a "terrible incident".

Police are not searching for any other suspects in connection with the incident.

"I was busy with a man who tried to escape".

The neighborhood where the deadly incident occurred is home to two different mosques.

"Some big van. crushing the people in the mosque".

Amateur video footage seen by AFP showed three people lying on the ground, including one who was receiving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. "There was three people in the van".

Witness Saeed Hashi described how he fought with the driver as he waited for police to arrive. "He punched me in the head". One person was killed and 10 were hurt.

"Hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed", she said in a televised statement.

"It was not an accident", Sougou said. "It's something we should not see". As soon as it finished, this guy came.

"He (the driver) wasn't drunk or anything".

"There has been an outpouring of sympathy for all for the recent terror attacks but hardly a whisper on this attack", he said.

Toufik Kacimi, chief executive of the Muslim Welfare House, added: "The imam of the mosque saved the life of the attacker".

He said: "During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship".

- All of the victims were from the Muslim community, police said.

Manchester was also hit by a severe attack when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

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