Monday, 19 June 2017

#FinsburyPark attack: Chaotic scenes after terrorist rams a van into a crowd near a north London mosque

A van has hit and injured worshippers as they left a Muslim welfare centre in north London.
One man died but police said it was unclear whether his death happened as a result of the attack. Eight people were taken to hospital after the collision at the junction of Whadcoat Street and Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park, police said. A further two people were treated at the scene, where a man who had been held by members of the public amid angry scenes was arrested. 
According to a witness who asked to be called Abdulrahman, which is not his real name, the driver of the van said: "I want to kill Muslims." Another witness, Adil Rana, 24, said: "The van was driving towards us to try and basically hit us at speed. "When he got arrested, he was taunting, saying, 'I'd do it again, I'd do it again'." 
Pictures of the van indicated it was rented from a company in South Wales, Pontyclun Van Hire. It happened outside Finsbury Park's Muslim Welfare House, which is not far from the Finsbury Park Mosque. Toufik Kacimi, chief executive of the Muslim Welfare House, said the man who was arrested had to be rescued by the imam at the centre to stop him being attacked. Mr Kacimi said when he did so, the driver said to him: "I've done my bit." 
The Metropolitan Police's Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Neil Basu, said: "This is being treated as a terrorist attack and the Counter Terrorism Command is investigating. 
"From 00:21hrs this morning police received a number calls to Seven Sisters Road. "Officers were in the immediate vicinity as the attack unfolded and responded instantly. Additional officers arrived within 10 minutes."
Angry witnesses at the scene of the Finsbury Park attack


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