Driver in London crash ID'd as 48-year-old man

Pauline Gross
June 19, 2017

M - A van has driven into a crowd of worshippers after they left a mosque in north London in what police described as a "major incident", Guardian reported.

Following the incident, Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with those injured in "this bad incident".

There were officers on the scene with emergency responders, treating a number of injured people, according to the Metropolitan Police.

According to reports, at least ten people were hit outside the mosque with three of them being critically injured. Witnesses say it was clear that the man was deliberately trying to run people over.

The group's general secretary, Harun Khan, described the incident as a hate crime against Muslims.

"There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished".

The London Ambulance Service said it had taken eight people to hospital, while two were treated at the scene.

"Our priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries and ensure those in the most need are treated first and taken to hospital".

Some witnesses at the scene said more than one attacker may have been involved.

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The Finsbury Park Mosque gained notoriety more than a decade ago for sermons by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was sentenced to life in a USA prison in January 2015 for his conviction on terrorism-related charges.

Numerous victims are believed to have just finished worshipping at the Finsbury Park mosque after breaking the Ramadan fast.

Britain's terrorist alert has been set at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely. Before that several pedestrians and a police officer were killed in a car-and-knife attack in London.

Anywhere from five to 11 people were mowed down, the witnesses said.

The crash occurred near the Finsbury Park mosque.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the incident "a horrific terrorist attack" and said "this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners".

The council tweeted that its prayers were with the victims. "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene", the Guardian quoted May, as saying.

During Ramadan - the name of the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and the holiest time of their year - Muslims fast daily from dawn to dusk and focus on prayer, purification and acts of charity.

London police closed the area to normal traffic.

Other reports by GizPress

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