London vehicle hits pedestrians, police say 'number of casualties'

  • London vehicle hits pedestrians, police say 'number of casualties'

London vehicle hits pedestrians, police say 'number of casualties'

A vehicle struck pedestrians near a mosque in north London early Monday morning, killing one man and injuring 10 people in what police are investigating as a terrorist incident.

A 48-year-old male suspect was arrested at the scene, according to London Metropolitan police, who said the investigation into the incident was ongoing.

The BBC says Osborne, a father of four, is reportedly from the Cardiff, Wales, area.

Witnesses reported that the assailant repeatedly said: "I want to kill Muslims".

A man, who had earlier suffered a heart attack, died at the scene but it was not clear if his death was connected to the van attack.

"Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia and this is the most violent manifestation to date", said Harun Khan, head of the Muslim Council of Britain, an umbrella body.

A Hartlepool mosque has said it will continue to spread love and unity in wake of an attack on the Muslim community in London.

Imam Mohammed Mahmoud was being called a hero after he tried to keep bystanders at bay in the tense minutes after the incident.

Mr Atkinson said the mosque has a good relationship with the police and community.

CNN national terror analyst Peter Bergen said the Finsbury Park neighborhood has a large Muslim population and the nearby mosque had a notorious reputation as a place where Islamist militants used to gather.

No one else was injured despite the crowds of tourists and others walking down the avenue on a hot, sunny day, the Paris police department said.

People surrounded the driver and witnesses said the outraged crowd began attacking him.

Prime Minister Theresa May spoke of a "terrorist attack" and "Islamophobia" pledging zero tolerance against extremist speeches even online. Vanzella said she went to the window and saw "loads of people gathering" in a corner across the road from her window. "I feel scared", Mohamed said. The prime minister, who has been criticized for failing to show compassion to victims, traveled to the attack site within hours, and met with community and faith leaders.

Resident Cynthia Vanzella said she was in bed when she heard people shouting.

"A police van drove past so we flagged them down and we told them the situation". However, the mosque was shut down and reorganized and has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.

British security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with official policy, said hate crimes directed at Muslims have increased almost five-fold in the wake of several attacks in Britain.

Mohmoud insisted that the Muslim community in Finsbury Park is mild-mannered, calm and are not associated with violence and added that their mosques are incredibly peaceful - so much so that people were praying for the victims of the attack, and ignited Mohmoud's strong hope that the people's unity to fight against extremism never falters.