What we know so far about van attack near London mosque

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A vehicle has hit people leaving a mosque in Finsbury Park, killing one man and injuring eight other people

  • A van has driven into a crowd of worshippers after they left a mosque in north London, killing one man and injuring eight other people in what police described as a major incident.
  • London ambulance service said the eight injured were taken to three hospitals, and an unknown number of others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
  • The van driver a 48-year-old man was arrested at the scene by the police after being detained by passersby.
  • Police said they first responded to reports of a traffic collision at about 12.20am on Monday.
  • Prime Minister Theresa May said police were treating the incident in Finsbury Park as a potential terrorist attack. She said she would chair a meeting of Cobra emergency committee the later on Monday morning.
  • Jeremy Corbyn, whose constituency includes Finsbury Park, has said he was totally shocked.
  • Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has condemned the incident as a horrific terrorist attack on innocent Londoners.
  • The white van hit people outside the Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road. Two witnesses reported seeing three people leave the van, however, police said no other suspects have been identified or reported to police.
  • The Muslim Council of Great Britain said the van had run over worshippers and said the attack was motivated by Islamophobia.
  • Diane Abbott, the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, which borders Finsbury Park, has called for a review of security for all mosques.
  • The streets were crowded because it was shortly after prayers had finished at nearby Finsbury Park mosque

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/19/what-we-know-so-far-van-hits-pedestrians-near-london-mosque