Muslim Council says van struck people leaving mosque

A van ploughed into worshippers leaving a London mosque on Monday, killing at least one person and injuring 10 others in what witnesses said as a deliberate attack on Muslims.

Earlier this month, three attackers drove a van into pedestrians walking across London Bridge then got out and began stabbing people at the nearby Borough Market.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested and is in custody.

Ten people were injured and police are investigating whether a man who died while being given first aid at the scene died from the attack or something else.

He said that as members of the public seized the driver, "he was shouting, 'all Muslims, I want to kill all Muslims.' Literally, he said that".

May added she will chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee - a cross-departmental crisis committee that discusses the response to national emergencies - regarding this attack.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged people to "remain calm and vigilant" and said the Met had deployed extra police to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will hold an emergency security session with her cabinet later this morning.

Qasimi blamed Islamophobia for the attack, saying: "This guy was extreme right wing, trying to kill Muslims because they are Muslims".

He said although the attack seems to target a particular community like the Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge, it is an attack on people's values of freedom, respect and tolerance.

Witnesses at the scene said the van veered off the road and into pedestrians outside the Finsbury Park Mosque. He died at the scene, but they say it's not clear if he died from the van attack or something else. "Any causative link between his death and the attack will form part of our investigation", London deputy police commissioner Neil Basu said.

Another eyewitness, Boubou Sougou, told The Guardian the driver deliberately hit people on the pavement.

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Sky News reported that the mosque's imam prevented the crowd from beating the attacker until police arrived.

"This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship and like all terrorism, in whatever form, it shares the same fundamental goal: it seeks to drive us apart", she said.

"Given we are approaching the end of the month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid with many Muslims going to local mosques, we expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency".

Britain's terrorist alert has been set at "severe" meaning an attack is highly likely.

There are extra police in the area, making things safe, and numerous roads nearby have been closed.

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