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Finsbury Park attack: What we know so far

19 June 2017

12:20 PM

19 June 2017

12:20 PM

  • One man is dead and ten people have been injured after a van drove into a crowd close to Finsbury Park Mosque in north London
  • Theresa May said it was a ‘sickening’ terrorist attack
  • A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and terrorism offences
  • Security minister Ben Wallace said the suspect was not previously known to the security services
  • An imam has been praised for preventing an angry crowd attacking the suspect when he was pinned down by passers-by

One man has died and ten others have been injured when a van drove into worshippers near a London mosque in a suspected terrorist attack. Witnesses described how a man yelled ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims’ as the vehicle ploughed into a group of people close to the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London. All of the victims are Muslims. A man, 48, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and terrorism offences in connection with the incident. Police said a man was held after being pinned down by passers-by in the wake of the attack; this video shows the moment he was taken into custody:

Here an eyewitness described what happened:

An imam has been praised for calling on a crowd to keep calm as a man was led away by officers:

Counter-terrorism police are involved in investigating the incident, which happened shortly after midnight. The Prime Minister has held an emergency Cobra meeting this morning in the wake of the attack. In a statement in Downing Street, Theresa May said that:

‘It was an attack that once again targeted the ordinary and the innocent going about their daily lives. Today we come together to…state once again that hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed.’

 

Scotland Yard said the man who died was already being treated having fallen ill before the incident unfolded. It is not yet known if his death was a direct result of the attack. Neil Basu, the Met Police’s deputy assistant commissioner, has released this statement in response to last night’s events:

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was a ‘deliberate attack’. He said:

‘While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect.’

Jeremy Corbyn described the incident, which took place within his own constituency, as an ‘awful event’. He said:

‘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.’

The Muslim Council of Britain called what happened a ‘violent manifestation of Islamophobia’.

Here are the latest pictures from the scene:







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