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."