Breaking News: Pedestrians have been struck by van in London

A number of casualties are being treated at the scene after reports that a vehicle was involved in a collision in north London.

The Metropolitan Police say they are dealing with a ‘major incident’ as a result of the collision in Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park.

The incident is described as being close to Finsbury Park station and mosque.

London Ambulance Service say they have sent a ‘number of resources’ to the scene.

– skynews.com.au


A man is shown being arrested near Finsbury Park after his car drove into people, claimed to be Muslims. The incident happened outside a mosque near Seven Sisters Road. According to reports, people were leaving Finsbury Park Mosque when a driver crashed into them.

According to one witness, bystanders confronted the driver and held him until the police came. According to the BBC, one person has been arrested and “a number of casualties” have been confirmed.

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Footage showed injured people motionless on the pavement as angry crowds surrounded a white man believed to be the driver.

It is unclear whether the collision was deliberate.

-israelnationalnews.com


“The man they arrested, he was waving at people,” Mr Touami said. “He looked happy, he looked proud of what he did.”

The FT was shown video of the scene that suggested multiple serious injuries had occurred. Police have since pushed people back from the scene. The van in the video is a large white van of the sort often used by builders and contractors.

A man called Amine, who did not want to give his surname, said friends who witnessed the incident said the van had initially hit a motorcyclist as it swerved off the road into a crowd leaving the mosque. He said it had taken 45 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. “It’s not an accident. It’s an attack,” the man said.

-ft.com


The incident occurred near the Finsbury Park Mosque and its chairman, Mohammed Kozbar, called it a “cowardly attack”.

“Whoever did this, he did it to hurt people and it’s a terrorist attack.

We call it a terrorist attack as we called it in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge.”

The Muslim Council of Britain said on Twitter that the van ran over worshippers leaving the mosque…

 

Finsbury Park Mosque in North London opened in 1994. The incident on Seven Sisters Road early on Monday, local time, ...

Finsbury Park Mosque in North London opened in 1994. The incident on Seven Sisters Road early on Monday, local time, occurred near the mosque.

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…Finsbury Park Mosque has a chequered past, with links to known terrorists, however, after changing leadership it became an important part of the local community, welcoming people of all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

The mosque, which is just over 100 metres from Finsbury Park Station, was opened by Prince Charles in 1994.

But it gained notoriety when convicted terrorist Abu Hamza al-Masri became the the preacher at the religious centre.

The one-eyed, one-handed imam became one of Britain’s most prominent radical Islamic voices. He was found guilty of terrorism charges in a US court in 2014.

In 2003, police raided the mosque, finding weapons and suspected forged or stolen passports, identity and credit cards. Seven men were arrested during the raid.

The religious centre also hosted shoe-bomber Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui, who was convicted in 2006 of planning a terrorist attack and being linked to Al Qaeda.

It underwent a leadership change in 2005, after which its role in the community improved.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the mosque during its open day in February, saying Muslims were being “demonised” by some people.

-AAP



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.
“According to eyewitnesses this was a deliberate attack against innocent Muslims going about their life.
“We should make clear that if this attack is confirmed as a deliberate terrorist attack then this should be classed as an act of terrorism.
“The British Muslim community requires all decent people to stand with us against this evil violence.
Rampant Islamaphobia has been on the rise for a number of years and those on the far right have perpetuated hatred against Muslims.
“They should be called out for their hatred.”
PA/AAP
 


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