May says security Cabinet to meet after crash

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 19, 2017

Police have not released his identity.

The Guardian reports that police arrested one man, believed to be the driver of the vehicle.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: "Police have confirmed this is being treated as a potential terrorist attack".

On March 22, a man drove a rented auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a police officer guarding the British parliament to death before being shot dead. "Terrorists will not succeed in their attempts to divide us and make us live in fear".

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan promised extra police to reassure people in the area, especially those observing Ramadan. The attack hits a community already feeling targeted in the fallout from the London Bridge killings and other attacks blamed on Islamic extremists. "While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the awful attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect", Khan wrote on Facebook. He has also asked people to "remain calm and vigilant".

Sky News reported that the mosque's imam prevented the crowd from beating the attacker until police arrived.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said a van "intentionally" ran over worshippers. And then the guy came out of his van and I got him. "This person was conscious".

Many will feel terrorised, no doubt be angry and saddened by what has taken place tonight.

"There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park Mosque that seems to have hit people who were coming out of the mosque after prayers finished".

The 32-year-old told the Press Association: "There were a lot of people in the street, crossing the street, going to mosque for prayers, for forgiveness, just to pray and go home and eat". The London Ambulance Service said it was responding to the incident.

Britain set its terror at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely, after a pair of incidents recently.

Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organisation which speaks out against extremism, said: 'I utterly condemn the senseless and evil van attack against Muslim worshippers outside the Finsbury Park Mosque in London.

The Metropolitan Police earlier declared the collision as a "major incident" and said that there were "a number of casualties".

A suicide attack last month at a pop concert in the northern English city of Manchester killed 22 people, including children.

An armed police officer mans a cordon on the Seven Sisters Road at Finsbury Park where a vehicle struck pedestrians in London Monday, June 19, 2017.

Police earlier said a vehicle had struck several pedestrians early Monday morning and one person had been arrested.

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