A van rammed into worshippers leaving a mosque in what British police described as a “major incident”. The incident left several people injured in north London early on Monday. According to the Muslim Council of Britain, the vehicle had hit people as they were leaving Finsbury Park mosque.
Police said they were informed just after 12:20 am (2320 GMT Sunday) of a collision on Seven Sisters Road. It runs through the Finsbury Park area of the town. They said there were a number of fatalities and one person had been detained.
“From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside. … Everybody was shouting: ‘A van’s hit people, a van’s hit people’,” one woman who lives opposite the scene told the BBC.
“There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished. I didn’t see the attacker himself, although he seems to have been arrested, I did see the van.”
This is the latest in a series of attacks in Britain. Eight people were killed and 50 injured on June 3 when three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge. They also stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars.
On March 22, a man drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London. He stabbed a policeman to death before being killed. This incident killed five people.