London mosque attack suspect arrested on terror grounds

What we know: Pedestrians struck near north London mosque

The Metropolitan Police Service announced on Monday it was deploying extra officers on the streets of London to protect the public.

Police said the attack happened while a man, who later died, was receiving first aid after being taken ill.

British Prime Minister Theresa May described the situation as a "terrible incident", the Guardian said.

It is alleged that Osborne - who was not known to police and MI5 - hired an £80-a-day van from South Wales before driving to the Muslim Welfare House in north London. He has been taken to a hospital as a precaution.

The van slammed into worshipers leaving the mosque after midnight Ramadan prayers, injuring nine people.

Mayor Sadiq Khan, London's first Muslim mayor, implored the city's residents to show solidarity.

It was the third major incident in the capital this month, after the London Bridge attack and last week's devastating fire in the Grenfell Tower block, in which 79 people are thought to have died.

After a short silence, chairman of the mosque Mohammed Kozbar said the attack was "on our families, on our freedom, on our dignity". "That's not the kind of reaction I would normally have to hearing a helicopter in London".

"Oh Muslims you need to wake up the war is now starting in your own streets", says one of the messages on there.

"Our community is in shock", he said, urging people attending prayers to remain vigilant.

Labour leader and Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn also visited the area, telling the BBC that "an attack on a mosque, an attack on a synagogue, an attack on a church is actually an attack on all of us".

"I was on my bike and he just came up to me and said "in-bred". "This person was conscious".

"This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship and, like all terrorism in whatever form, it shares the same fundamental goal". CNN spoke to a man at the company, who said he was the owner but declined to give his name.

Now that there has been an attack on Muslims, it proves once and for all that terrorism is not limited to one group, organisation or religion.

"There has been an outpouring of sympathy for all the recent terror attacks but hardly a whisper on this attack", he said.

Both Warfa and Sulaman said there were three people originally in the van, and that two had run away. Parents are scared to send their children to evening prayers.

Khadijh Sherazi, another Muslim neighbour, said Osborne had for the most part been "polite and pleasant", even offering to fix her broken tap. It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.

The mosque's current leaders say they support inter-faith dialogue and want to serve the community in north London, which is located near Emirates Stadium, home of the Arsenal soccer club.

Some people in the area said the attacks left them "living in fear" as they went about their daily business.

Britain's terror alert level is at "severe", meaning security officials believe an attack is highly likely.

- March 22, 2017: A man drives his rented SUV into pedestrians at London's Westminster Bridge, killing four people, then stabs a police officer to death before officers shoot and kill him. The incident outside the religious center follows three attacks inspired by Islamic extremists over the past three months.

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