Monday, 19 June 2017

Finsbury Park Attack: Van hits Muslim worshippers 'at speed'



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.


The Metropolitan Police said eight people had been taken to hospital after the collision at the junction of Whadcoat Street and Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park.


A further two people were treated at the scene, where police arrested a man who had been held by members of the public amid angry scenes.


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.


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."


DAC Basu added: "I would like to thank those people who helped police in detaining the man and worked with officers to calmly and quickly get him into our custody.


"Their restraint in the circumstances was commendable."


The 48-year-old man suspected of being the van driver was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.


He was taken to hospital as a precaution and will undergo a mental health assessment.




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