1 suspect held in mosque attack

Several people were injured in north London early on Monday after reports that a vehicle rammed into pedestrians, British police said.

- The driver of the van, a 48-year-old man, was held by people at the scene until police arrived.

A van rammed into worshippers leaving Finsbury Park Mosque in London on Monday on June 19, 2017.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said police are investigating whether the death of the man who was being given first aid was a direct result of the attack, but it was too early to say for sure.

- London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the incident "a horrific terrorist attack". Abdulrahman Aidroos said he and his friends had been tending an old man who had suffered a heart attack when the van was driven at them.

Video posted online of the aftermath of Monday's attack showed a scene of chaos as people tried to help the injured.

Eight others are in hospital, with two in a very serious condition.

Police said that there were "a number of casualties" and that one person was arrested after a van struck a crowd of pedestrians in London.

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A witness, Abdiqadir Warra, told AFP that the van "drove at people" and that some of the victims were carried for several metres along the road.

Eyewitnesses told British media that the van seemed to have veered and hit people intentionally. "Their restraint in the circumstances was commendable".

The Prime Minister has held an emergency Cobra meeting this morning in the wake of the attack.

The incident comes just over two weeks after three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars, killing eight.

"Ramadan is a time when Muslims are more visible and when there are larger congregations who attend late at night to pray after opening their fasts".

A leader of the Muslim Council of Britain called for extra security at mosques in light of the apparent attack.

Worcester residents have reacted with shock to the incident, especially given the recent attacks in Westminster Bridge, Manchester and London Bridge.

"While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the awful attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect", he said.

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London police closed the area to normal traffic.

Police, including armed officers, could be seen manning a wide cordon around the area, while others searched the area with sniffer dogs.

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Hamza preached there from 1997 to 2003 before being jailed for inciting violence and later extradited to the United States.

Muslim Council of Britain secretary general Harun Khan condemned the attack and also urged calm.

An attack on a group of worshippers near a mosque by a man in a white van is being treated as terrorism, police said.

- The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said "the appalling attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park is an attack on us all and on the culture and values of our country".

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn released a statement on Twitter following the incident.

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A witness told CNN's Phil Black the van "came to a stop, and that's when they were able to apprehend the driver. they were able to pull him out".

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