Police treating van attack on worshippers near London mosque as terrorism


Picture taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Thomas Van Hulle @Thomasvanhulle showing police activity on the Seven Sisters Road in north London (Thomas Van Hulle/PA)

An attack on a group of worshippers near a mosque by a man in a white van is being treated as terrorism, police said.

One man died after the driver, described as a large white man, targeted people near the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London early on Monday.

Witnesses described hearing the man, who was detained by members of the public at the scene, shout: “I’m going to kill Muslims”.

LIVE: Statement from DAC Neil Basu on the incident in #SevenSisters Road #FinsburyPark https://t.co/sH35LQYZF0

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 19, 2017

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: “This is being treated as a terrorist attack.”

The van driver was detained by members of the public after the attack in Seven Sisters Road at 12.20am on Monday.

The attacker struck as the area was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers at Finsbury Park mosque.

One witness described being surrounded by bodies in the wake of the attack outside the Muslim Welfare House, yards from the mosque.

Re #SevenSisters Rd #Finsburypark incident – At this early stage there are no other suspects, however the investigation continues.

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 19, 2017

Another witness, who wanted to be identified as Abdulrahman, which is not his real name, told the Press Association: “I managed to get the driver of the van. He wanted to run away and was saying, ‘I want to kill Muslims’.

“So he came back to the main road and I managed to get him to the ground and me and some other guys managed to hold him until the police arrived, for about 20 minutes I think, until the police arrived.”

Picture taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Thomas Van Hulle @Thomasvanhulle showing police activity on the Seven Sisters Road in north London …read more

Source:: UK – Evening Express

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