London Crash: Witnesses Describe Moment Vehicle Struck Pedestrians Outside Mosque

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said police were treating it as a "terrorist incident".

Two people "said that the driver got out of the vehicle after hitting about ten people and screamed that he wanted to "kill all Muslims", The Times reports.

"An elderly man who just came from the mosque, he just fainted and people were picking him up when the van he just sped up and ran them over when the guy was one the floor", said Atikur Arhman, another witness.

A 48-year-old man was arrested at the scene, according to the Met Police, but witnesses reported seeing three attackers, including two who fled the scene.

He said the driver had run out of the van but a group of people caught him and held him until police arrived. "It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia", Harun Khan added.

The van's 48-year-old driver was detained by members of the public and then arrested by police on suspicion of attempted murder.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: "This is being treated as a terrorist attack".

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If confirmed by the authorities as terrorism, it would be the fourth attack since March in Britain and the third to involve a vehicle deliberately driven at pedestrians.

The video of the crash early Monday morning was accessed by the AP.

A forensic tent, center, stands next to a van, in white, at Finsbury Park in north London after the vehicle struck pedestrians Monday, June 19, 2017.

Commander Cressida Dick said Monday that the incident was clearly an attack on Muslims.

"All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene", the Prime Minister said earlier.

Police said all the casualties were members of the Muslim community.

The chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, says the incident was a "cowardly attack" on worshippers.

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Police guard a street in north London where a van hit pedestrians near a mosque.

"Our community is in shock", he said, urging people attending prayers to remain vigilant, a warning that was echoed by police.

"We have 84 mosques across Scotland and we have linked in with the Muslim Council for Scotland and it will be within the general vicinity of those sites that people will see increased patrols". The man, who did not want to be named, said: "The gentleman went straight down this road, people were just conversing, talking, just doing what we're doing". Two more people were treated for minor injuries at the scene. Tewfik Kacimi, chief executive of the nearby Muslim Welfare House, thanked the imam, saying his "bravery and courage helped calm the immediate situation after the incident and prevented further injuries and potential loss of life".

Men pray at the site of Finsbury Park attack.

Metropolitan Police said officers were called to the scene on Seven Sisters Road at 12:20 a.m. today.

Leaders at the facility - which provides support services for Muslims in the North London area - quickly condemned the attack, referring to it as an "act of hate" meant to drive the community apart. Officials did not say how many victims there are. "I've been in touch with the mosques, police and Islington council regarding the incident", Corbyn wrote.

No other details were immediately available.

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