Van hits pedestrians near London mosque, 'number of casualties'

Muslim Council calls for ‘urgent’ security at mosques after attack

"There has been one person arrested".

It happened outside Muslim Welfare House, near Finsbury Park Mosque on Seven Sisters Road.

Police say a suspect was arrested immediately after the attack, which is being treated as a terrorist incident.

"During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship", said Harun Khan, the secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain.

According to Russian media outlet RT, the incident took place near a mosque and the majority of the injured are Muslims who had just left the mosque following prayer time.

The incident followed a series of attacks in Britain.

I write "incident" as opposed to "attack" only because authorities have not confirmed to the public whether or not the tragedy was intentionally caused.

Witnesses saw the van swerved to hit pedestrians near a mosque.

London Ambulance Service deputy director of operations Kevin Bate released a statement saying the most seriously injured people were the first to be taken to hospital.

An eyewitness told the BBC how he jumped out the way of the van as it struck.

"There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park Mosque that seems to have hit people who were coming out of the mosque after prayers finished".

Home Secretary Amber Rudd was asked if authorities initially treated it more like a auto crash than immediately assuming something more evil. The mosque was closed and later reorganized and has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade. According to the AP, police say the attack had hallmarks of a terrorist incident.

"The British Muslim community requires all decent people to stand with us against this evil violence", said Mohammed Shafiq, head of the Ramadhan Foundation community group.

Earlier she described it as a "terrible incident", adding: "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene".

Earlier this month on London Bridge, attackers used a vehicle and then knives to kill eight people and wound many others on the bridge and in the nearby Borough Market area. Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were shot dead by police, as bar customers threw bottles and chairs to defend themselves. "So we just run straight away, I see police, ambulance, people lying on the floor, and a van as well", said Al-Sulaman.

He added: "I said, 'tell me why did you try driving to kill innocent people?'"

On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.

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