At least one person dead 10 injured as Man plows van into crowd by London mosque
By: Lisa Marks, Xiro Xone News June 19, 2017 Updated: 1:44 PM
At least one fatality with ten injured when a van drove into a crowd gathered outside a London mosque after prayers.
Prime Minister Theresa May called it a "potential terrorist attack" and said: "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene.”
London mayor Sadiq Khan said police were responding to a "horrific terrorist attack."
The incident took place just after midnight on a busy street near the Finsbury Park mosque in the north of the city. Many immigrants live around the area.
Police said the 48-year-old white man who was driving the van that hit those leaving evening prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Police have not released his identity. He has been taken to a hospital as a precaution.
In a statement by police that one man was pronounced dead at the scene and at least eight more were taken to three separate hospitals with injuries. Two other people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Police said they were dealing with "a major incident" and that they have deployed extra officers "to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan."
Officials have said the Counter Terrorism Command will investigate, suggesting that they think the incident was a terrorist attack, although they stopped short of saying so early Monday.
The attack comes a few weeks after a major terrorist attack in the city when a van veered into pedestrians on London Bridge. Men then got out and attacked people with knives. They killed 8 people and injured dozens.