Finsbury attack: one dead and 10 injured as man drives van into worshippers outside mosque

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A man has died and ten have been injured after a man drove a van into worshippers outside the Muslim Welfare House in north London.

The police responded to calls of an incident outside the Finsbury Park mosque and community centre at 00:20 in the early hours of Monday morning.

A white rental van had driven into worshippers as they exited the mosque after evening prayers.

The driver of the van, 48-year-old a man, was detained by members of the public at the scene and quickly arrested by police.

Eight people were rushed to hospital, and two people were treated at the scene in what Prime Minister Theresa May has described as a “sickening” terrorist attack on the streets of the capital.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, said:

“London has woken up to the news of another appalling attack on our city.

“My thoughts are with the family of the man who has died and with all those who were injured.

“My officers were on the scene almost immediately, and other uniformed and specialist officers quickly arrived to support them. They worked quickly with colleagues from the other emergency services to treat the injured.

“I want to thank all those members of the public who assisted police and emergency services in our task.

“There is now an ongoing investigation by our Counter Terrorism Command to establish why this attack was carried out.

“London is a city of many faiths and many nationalities. An attack on one community is an attack on all of us.

“Terrorists will not succeed in their attempts to divide us and make us live in fear.”

In a statement, the prime minister said:

“This morning, our country woke to news of another terrorist attack on the streets of our capital city: the second this month and every bit as sickening as those which have come before.

“It was an attack that once again targeted the ordinary and the innocent going about their daily lives – this time British Muslims as they left a mosque having broken their fast and prayed together at this sacred time of year.

“Today we come together – as we have done before – to condemn this act and to state once again that hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed.”

She continued:

“Our thoughts and prayers this morning are with the family and friends of the man who died and those who were injured.

“On behalf of the people of London – and the whole country – I want to thank the police and the emergency services once again for responding as they always do with great professionalism and courage.

“Extra police resources have already been deployed to reassure communities, and the police will continue to assess the security needs of Mosques and provide any additional resources needed, especially during this final week before Eid Al-Fitr, a particularly important time for the whole Muslim community.

“This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship. And like all terrorism, in whatever form, it shares the same fundamental goal.

“It seeks to drive us apart; and to break the precious bonds of solidarity and citizenship that we share in this country.

“We will not let this happen.”

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