London, June 19: One died and eight injured after a van sped into a crowd of pedestrians near a north London mosque in Finsbury Park, said London Police.
One person is nabbed in the incident held near Finsbury Park Mosque in Seven Sisters Road, the BBC reported.
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The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) claimed that a van “intentionally” ran over worshippers. Many of the victims are believed to have just left evening prayers after breaking the Ramadan fast.
The London Ambulance Service was responding to the incident.
London Ambulance Service deputy director of operations Kevin Bate said: “We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advanced paramedics and specialist responses teams to the scene.
“An advanced trauma team from London’s Air Ambulance has also been dispatched by car,” he added.
An eyewitness told the BBC how he jumped out the way of the van as it struck.
“I was shocked. There were bodies around me…Thank God I just moved to the side.”
Another witness who lives in a flat on Seven Sisters Road said she saw people “shouting and screaming”.
“There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park Mosque that seems to have hit people who were coming out of the mosque after prayers finished.”
Prime minister Theresa May condemned the incident and said police are treating it “as a potential terrorist attack”.
“I will chair an emergency meeting later this morning. All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene,” she added.