A man drove a van into the pedestrians and killed one person and injured around ten people near a mosque around Seven Sisters Road, North London according to CNN London.
What seems like a suspected terrorist attack, counter-terror police have arrested the 48-year-old attacker after he was already detained by the members of the public and further investigating the incident. The attacker has been taken to the hospital for precautions and will be immediately taken into custody once discharged.
“The driver of the van – a man aged 48 – was found detained by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police in connection with the incident,” said a spokesperson of the Metropolitan Police.
Witnesses state that there was a white van parked right outside the Finsbury Park and drove right into the Muslims who were leaving the mosque after finishing their late night Ramadan prayers. The attacker was instantly restrained by the heroic people around the area but the damage had already been done as he mercilessly killed one person, leaving several injured.
The incident seems like a brutal act of a sick religiously extremist mind as the attacker was shouting out “kill me, kill all Muslims” as the people detained him. The eyewitnesses say that this was an intentional attack on Muslims and should be noted as a terror attack without a doubt.
Police says it has yet to find proof of the statement that the van had 3 people carrying knives, out of which two fled away as the witnesses describe. The van used was bearing the Wales-based rental company logo.
The whole London and Londoners seem to be shaken to their core by this cowardly action of extremism and speaking out.
Prime Minister Theresa May expresses her extreme grieve and condolences over the incident saying her “thoughts are with the victims” and will hold an emergency security cabinet session today.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby condemned the attack at Finsbury Park by saying “Violence only begets more violence — it serves only the interest of those who would terrorize others,”.
I am shocked by this horrific and cruel attack in Finsbury Park, which is being treated as an act of terror. pic.twitter.com/fipwZJ1eBZ
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 19, 2017
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who is also the local MP says he’s in a state of shock and described the attack as “horrific and cruel”.
Corbyn has announced that he will be attending prayers at the mosque today.
“I offer my condolences to the family and friends of the man who has died, and our thoughts are with the people who have been injured, their family and friends.” Corbyn quoted.
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