Van Slams Into Pedestrians Near London Mosque Leaving “Number Of Casualties”, Driver Arrested
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A van plowed into pedestrians on Seven Sisters road in the Finsbury Park area in north London just after 12:20am London Time, in what the police has described a “major incident.” There are “a number of casualties being worked on at the scene,” London police said in a statement, with at least 10 people injured according to press reports.
The incident happened near the prominent Finsbury Mosque as witnesses claim the driver intentionally struck the victims; a male driver has been taken into police custody. LBC radio adds that there has been a “huge emergency response” and ambulances have been dispatched to help the injured.
According to the Telegraph, pictures posted on social media show more than a dozen emergency vehicles near the UKCG Help Centre at the junction of Seven Sisters Road and the A503 Tollington Road.
UK: London’s Finsbury Park terror scene after police arrest van driver | June 19 2017 pic.twitter.com/kUKRJBLIId
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So far, the incident is not being called a terrorist attacks, as a person has been arrested unlike previous incidents.
One eyewitness speaking to LBC said the van had hit people on the pavement, but had not collided with a building. “It looked like he had lost control of the van or something,” he said. Locals said they had heard shouting and a helicopter was circling overhead.
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Some social media reports describe the attack as “Islamophobic”, and described the attack as a van “randomly swerving off the main road and running over several Muslim men.”
Islamaphobic attack in finsbury park right now. A van randomly swerved off the main road and ran over several muslim men. pic.twitter.com/FM2RP0Fd4d
— ???? (@__ABDULQAADIR) June 19, 2017
According to media reports, there has been is a massive police response and multiple ambulances were on scene.
The van used tonight at Finsbury Park mosque is shown below
Here’s the van used tonight at Finsbury Park mosque pic.twitter.com/p5Oi39VZrT
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One caller told LBC said people from a local mosque had been drinking coffee at a cafe by the mosque. He said he had seen six people on the floor. Another caller said: “I saw police giving CPR, getting the heart going again and another guy on the floor.”
There was no immediate word on an exact number of victims according to LBC, whose live broadcast can be heard here.
— London Updates (@LondonUpdates) June 18, 2017
According to the Guardian, Al Qaeda operatives including the “shoebomber” Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui attended the Finsbury Park mosque. In 2002, weapons training had taken place inside the building. The mosque rose to notoriety when Abu Hamza al-Masri became Imam of the Mosque due to his extremist ideologies and views on terrorism.