Vehicle hits people near London mosque, causing casualties

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Vehicle hits people near London mosque, causing casualties

London is once again waking up to bloodshed.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack is being treated as a "potential terrorist attack", in comments reported by the UK Press Association.

One man has died and ten have been injured after a man drove into worshippers near Finsbury Park Mosque.

The Muslim Council of Britain called the incident a "terror attack" and the "most violent manifestation" of Islamophobia.

- Witnesses saw a man underneath the van.

- Police say they believe there was only one man in the van.

In the sickening clip, posted to Twitter by a relative of someone at the scene, the suspect is seen blowing a kiss at the camera while sitting in the back of a police van. He will also be subject of a mental health assessment, police said.

London mayor Sadiq Khan, said extra police had been deployed to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan, describing the attack as "an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect".

Deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu confirmed the man who died was receiving first aid as the attack unfolded. Eight other people were taken to hospital, two of whom were seriously injured, he said. Two of them are seriously injured. A police photographer records the scene at Finsbury Park in north London, where a vehicle struck pedestrians in north London Monday, June 19, 2017. Around 10% of the borough's population is Muslim.

It is located a short walk away from Emirates Stadium, home of the Arsenal football club in north London. The mosque, which today operates largely as a community center, rose to worldwide notoriety in the early 2000s, due to its links with Egyptian-born radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri.

Hamza was later extradited to the United States and jailed for life there in 2015 for playing a key role in the 1998 kidnapping of 16 Western tourists in Yemen, four of whom were killed, and in trying to set up a U.S. terror training camp in 1999.

- Since then, the mosque has worked to turn its reputation around and now operates mostly as a community center.

"Shocked and outraged to hear a van has intentionally run over worshippers leaving Ramadan prayers on Seven Sisters Road", he said.

Here are some of the photos of the emergency services attending the incident.

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The Finsbury Park Mosque, which appeared Monday to have been the target of an anti-Muslim terror attack, has fought for years to throw off its reputation as a centre for radical Islamism.

The head of Tell MAMA, Fiyaz Mughal, warned of reprisal attacks against Muslims following major Islamist terrorist incidents.

The new trustees have fought hard to clear the mosque's name, and in 2015 opened its doors as part of a nationwide initiative to improve cross-community relations following terror attacks in Paris.

Police said one man was pronounced dead at the scene and that the van driver, aged 48, had been detained by members of the public before being arrested.

LONDON (AP) - British authorities and Islamic leaders moved swiftly to ease concerns in the Muslim community after a man plowed his vehicle into a crowd of worshippers outside a north London mosque early Monday, injuring at least nine people.

'It was an attack that once again targeted the ordinary and the innocent going about their daily lives.

Amin said that when people seized the driver, "he was shouting: 'All Muslims, I want to kill all Muslims.' Literally, he said that". I've been in touch with the mosques, police and Islington council regarding the incident.

"My thoughts are with those and the community affected by this very bad incident".

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