A statement has been released by the Metropolitan Police to confirm that the attack on a North London mosque in the early hours is being investigated by their Counter Terrorism Command.
A spokesman added: “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.
“He has been taken to hospital as a precaution, and will be taken into custody once discharged. He will also be subject of a mental health assessment in due course.
“At this early stage of this investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police, however the investigation continues.
“Due to the nature of this incident extra policing resources have been deployed in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan.”
They have also confirmed that one person is known to have died, adding:
“Officers are in the process of informing next of kin.”
“Eight people injured were taken to three separate hospitals; two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.”
Prime Minister Theresa May has also added that the incident is being treated as a potential terrorist attack.
For this reason, she will be chairing an emergency meeting of COBRA later this morning, which is standard procedure in the United Kingdom after a major incident of this nature, particularly when terrorism is potentially a factor.
We will bring you more details throughout today as information becomes available.