One man has died and at least 10 others have been injured in another suspected terror attack involving a van driving into pedestrians.
This attack took place just after midnight this morning nearby a mosque in Finsbury Park, North London.
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) June 19, 2017
On suspicion of attempted murder, a 48-year-old man has been arrested, with the Metropolitan Police saying, “The driver of the van – a man aged 48 – was found detained by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police in connection with the incident.”
The Police have confirmed the attack started as members of the public tended to a man who had collapsed. A van then was driven into those offering this man assistance and others.
Metropolitan Police’s deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu said, “Sadly that man has died. It is too early to state if his death was a result of this attack.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan who has had to make several high-profile announcements such as this in the past few weeks following the London Bridge terror-attack and the Grenfell Tower incident, has confirmed extra police have been deployed in and around the areas to reassure communities, especially for those observing Ramadan.
“While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect.”
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) June 19, 2017
— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 19, 2017
Witness at the scene Abdul Rahman told the BBC when the driver got out of the vehicle he said, “kill all Muslims.” Rahman also confirmed he was one of the brave members of the public who detained the terrorist, “I hit him on his stomach… and then me and the other guys… we held him to the ground until he couldn’t move. We stopped him until the police came.”
The Police have confirmed all those killed or injured as a result of the terrorist incident were Muslim, likely to have been visiting or having visited the Mosque for evening prayers for Ramadan. Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain said: “Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date. We expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency.”
The incident took place in Finsbury Park, which presides within Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency, Islington North, where he won a majority of 33,000 votes in this month’s general election. Finsbury Park is a typically diverse suburb of London. Despite recent gentrification in recent years, it’s an area which is home to wide-variety of nationalities, cultures, people from all walks of life and remains a strong working-class location..
I am shocked by this horrific and cruel attack in Finsbury Park, which is being treated as an act of terror. pic.twitter.com/fipwZJ1eBZ
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 19, 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee today, after which she will provide an official statement.
Eye-witnesses described the scene:
Finsbury Park attack: 'People were hitting [the attacker] and the Imam came out to tell them not to and to call the police.' pic.twitter.com/nyoxlAh7Mc
— Victoria Derbyshire (@VictoriaLIVE) June 19, 2017
This is being classified as a terrorist incident. Consequently, this will be the fourth such incident in Britain in the past three months, following the Westminster attack, the Manchester bombing, and the attach on London Bridge.
High-profile MP’s and politicians have tweeted with their support for the victims of the incident:
The Finsbury Park attack is senseless barbarism. My thoughts and prayers are with all involved. Yet again the emergency services are heroes.
— Tim Farron (@timfarron) June 19, 2017
Appalling terrorist attack against Muslims worshipping peacefully in Finsbury Park. We must all stand together against such evil.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 19, 2017
Horrified by the appalling attack in Finsbury Park.The country stands with all those affected:the victims, their families and the community.
— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) June 19, 2017
A sickening attack on worshippers at #FinsburyPark mosque. All my thoughts are with victims, family & friends.
— Zac Goldsmith (@ZacGoldsmith) June 19, 2017
This horrible terrorist attack at Finsbury Park last night is truly shocking. My thoughts are with those affected. We must remain united.
— John McDonnell (@johnmcdonnellMP) June 19, 2017
More to follow.