Vehicle strikes pedestrians in London; at least one person dead

Officials say one person has been arrested after a van crashed into people leaving a mosque.

LONDON (AP) - Police say a vehicle struck pedestrians on a road in north London, killing at least one person, and one person has been arrested.

Metropolitan Police said officers were called to the scene on Seven Sisters Road at 12:20 a.m. Monday. The London Ambulance Service said it was responding to the incident.

The Muslim Council says a van has "run over worshippers" leaving the Finsbury Park mosque.

The council tweeted that its prayers were with the victims.

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People had been attending mosques in the area as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Transportation officials said roads were being closed in the area. Many police cars and ambulances were responding.

Eyewitness told Sky News and other British media that the van seemed to have veered and hit people intentionally.

Police did not confirm that.

Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organization, said that based on eyewitness reports it seems to be a “deliberate attack against innocent Muslims.”

The neighborhood has two mosques, and several hundred worshippers would have been in the area after attending prayers as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The Finsbury Park mosque was associated with extremist ideology for several years after the 9/11 attacks in the United States but was shut down and reorganized. It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.

Prime Minister Theresa May's office says she has been told about the crash in north London in which a vehicle struck several pedestrians.

The leader of the opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn also tweeted about the crash.
May described the crash early Monday morning as a "terrible incident."

She said, "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency

Earlier this month, a van veered into pedestrians on London Bridge, setting off vehicle and knife attacks that killed eight people and wounded many others on the bridge and in the nearby Borough Market area. Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were killed by police.

© 2017 Associated Press


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