One man has died and eight people have been injured after a man drove a vehicle into the crowd outside Finsbury Mosque.
Authorities have said that ‘a number of casualties’ were being treated at the scene outside the Muslim Welfare House near a mosque on the Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park.
Witnesses say that the area was busy with worshippers leaving evening prayers at the Mosque. The Muslim Council of Britain has condemned the attack, which it believes was racially motivated.
The Metropolitan Police have arrested a 48 year old man and have referred to the attack as a ‘major incident’. The police also confirmed that one man was pronounced dead at the scene, while eight other people were receiving treatment for injuries.
At 2pm AEST it was reported that the Counter Terrorism Command was now also conducting an investigation. A spokesman from the Command said that there were no other suspects at this time, and that the arrested suspect was being taken to hospital as a precaution.
The Prime Minister Theresa May has released a statement, “This is a terrible incident. All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loves ones, and the emergency services on the scene.”
Several pedestrians have been injured in London after having been hit by a van that ran off the road and into the crowd.
Witnesses have described how the vehicle veered off the road into crowds outside Finsbury Park Mosque in North London.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said that officers were called to the scene at 12.20am local time. “Officers are on the scene with other emergency services,” he added. “There are a number of casualties being worked on at the scene. There has been one person arrested. Enquiries continue.”
At this stage it is unclear whether the collision was deliberate. The incident comes three weeks after ISIS supporters ran a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, killing eight people. There is no immediate suggestion to that this incident is terror-related, but investigations are continuing.