1 dead, 10 injured after van strikes crowd outside London mosque

Pauline Gross
June 20, 2017

Down the road from the Muslim Welfare House is the Finsbury Park Mosque, and both are in an area of north London that is home to many Muslims.

Sister Nicola said she was "very sorry for what's happened", the Press Association reported. Eleven people were taken to hospital.

Osborne, who lived in Cardiff, had been held down by a group of people after the crash.

Some locals came onto the street in support of the mosque on Monday, holding up signs saying "We love our mixed community" and "Leave our Muslim neighbours alone".

Police said the arrested man would be the "subject of a mental health assessment in due course".

Witnesses described hearing the van driver shout: "I'm going to kill Muslims" and "I've done my bit".

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"There was a mob attempt to hurt him, so we pushed people away from him until he was safely taken by police", he added.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed they were called to the East London mosque on Monday afternoon after a hoax bomb threat.

"An attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths, it seems to me", said Reverend Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney, according to The Telegraph.

There will be more uniformed officers at places of worship, including mosques and Muslim community centres, as police try to reassure local people.

"This was quite clearly an attack on Muslims who looked like they were probably Muslims and they were coming from a prayer meeting", said the Met police commissioner, Cressida Dick.

Police said a suspect was quickly and calmly turned over to the police, and that no one else was found in the van. It is not clear if there is a link between his death and the attack.

Forensic officers move the van used to strike pedestrians outside a mosque in Finsbury Park.

All of the wounded were Muslim worshippers who had just attended Ramadan night prayers.

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