One person has been killed and another eight have been injured in a suspected terror attack outside a mosque in North London after a van was deliberately driven at pedestrians.
The attack took place at around 12.15am on Monday morning outside Finsbury Park Mosque in Seven Sisters Road, and police have confirmed that they are treating the incident as a terrorist attack with counter-terrorism officers being deployed at the scene.
The Muslim Council of Britain have said that a van ‘intentionally’ ran over worshippers.
A number of witnesses have told Sky News that as far as they were concerned, the attack appeared to be intentional.
They have also said that it was a ‘violent manifestation of Islamophobia.’
People would have just been leaving the mosque after completing Ramadan prayers.
A 48-year-old man was detained by members of the public at the scene, and he was then arrested when the police arrived.
Police have also confirmed that he will be subject to a mental health assessment.
Prime Minister Theresa May described it as a ‘terrible incident’, adding: ‘All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene.’
Mrs May will chair an emergency meeting of COBRA, the emergency planning committee that sits to react to major events including acts of terrorism, later today.
A witness at the scene described the attack to the BBC.
He said: ‘He just came into all of us. There was a lot of people. We got told to move straight away.’
‘I was shocked, shocked, shocked. There were bodies around me.’
‘Thank God I just moved to the side. I just jumped. Everyone is hurt. Everyone is actually hurt.’
Another who lives in a flat on Seven Sisters Road told the BBC she saw people ‘shouting and screaming.’
‘Everyone was shouting ‘a van’s hit people’.
‘There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park Mosque that seems to have hit people who were coming out of the mosque after prayers finished.’
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Twitter: ‘I’m totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight.’
‘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 awful event.’