Casualties reported after van strikes crowd in Muslim neighborhood in London

Vehicle hits pedestrians in Finsbury Park. AFP

Witnesses said a white van struck a crowd of Muslim worshippers who had been attending evening prayers during the holy month of Ramadan and were looking after a man who had collapsed. A massive police response is underway.

Officers were called to the scene at 12:20 a.m. Monday on Seven Sisters Road.

The Counter Terrorism Command is investigating the incident. Police say no other suspects have been identified or reported. "There are a number of casualties being worked on at the scene", the Met Police said in a statement.

The van's driver was detained by the people at the seen and later arrested by the Metropolitan Police.

The crash occurred shortly after midnight, when police received reports of a collision between a van and pedestrians.

A crowd of several people reportedly came to the man's aid as he was lying on the ground outside the Muslim Welfare House. She said a police officer was doing what looked like a "cardiac massage, as if they might have had a bad heart or something".

Britain's terrorism threat level now remains at severe.

The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said he was "totally shocked". The driver would undergo a mental health assessment in due course, police said.

A white man deliberately ploughed a van into worshippers near a north London mosque, the Muslim Council of Britain said on Monday, citing witnesses and video from the incident which left several people injured. Many police cars and ambulances responded to the incident.

However, he says British media have carried reports of mosque members being the victims of hate mail and threats and being targeted by extreme far-right protest groups and anti-Islam groups.

A suicide attack last month at a pop concert in the northern English city of Manchester killed 22 people, including children.

Finsbury Park is part of the Islington borough of north London, where around 10% (19,500) of the borough's total population are Muslim. It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.

"They were very nervous, shouting very loud, trying desperately to make some signs to a police auto that was. just passing the road", she told CNN. Vanzella said she went to the window and saw "loads of people gathering" in a corner across the road from her window.

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