London vehicle hits pedestrians, police say 'number of casualties'

The Muslim Council of Britain tweeted: "We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left FinsburyPark Mosque".

Finsbury Park resident Cynthia Vanzella said she saw police giving emergency medical treatment to victims after the incident which happened just after midnight.

Prime Minister Theresa May said it was a "terrible incident", adding: "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones, and the emergency services on the scene". "He did not say anything".

"A number of passers-by, or friends, or people who had come by from the mosque, were gathering around him to help take him to his family, take him to his house", Versi told Reuters.

London Ambulance Service Deputy Director of Operations, Kevin Bate said: "We were called at 12.15am to reports of a road traffic collision at Seven Sisters Road".

The mosque is nearly three quarters of a mile away from Seven Sisters Road.

A helicopter and many emergency vehicles were at the scene, which was closed off by a large police cordon.

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According to Police, the 48-year old man who drove the vehicle has been arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution.

"There's a lots of people from Nigeria, from Tunisia from Morocco, from the Arab countries".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said following that attack that there had been a 40-percent increase in racist incidents in the city and a fivefold increase in the number of anti-Muslim incidents.

"Everybody was shouting: "A van's hit people, a van's hit people", a woman who lives opposite the scene told the BBC.

"I'm totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight".

"I saw many of them crying, screaming", she said. There were bodies around me.

Video filmed in the immediate aftermath of a van striking worshippers near a London mosque showed a Caucasian man being detained by police. "Everyone is hurt. Everyone is actually hurt". We got told to move straight away.

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"My friend said he said some words, but I didn't hear it".

Abu Hamza, who was the mosque's imam from 1997 to 2003, was later extradited to the United States, where he was convicted of supporting al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists, and sentenced to life in prison in 2015. Muslim leaders called it a hate crime and asked the public to stay calm.

More than ten pedestrians were hit by a white van driver who veered onto a pavement near a renowned north London mosque, in what is being described as a "terrorist attack".

The incident comes at a time when emotions are high in England, where there have been several terrorist attacks in recent weeks.

The incident followed a series of attacks in Britain.

A vehicle drove into pedestrians early Monday in London.

Manchester was also hit by a severe attack when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

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Earlier this month, three knife-wielding Islamist attackers unleashed a terror rampage in the British capital, plowing a van into pedestrians on the London Bridge before stabbing revellers in a nearby market, killing seven people.

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