Several dead in attack near London mosque

Several dead in attack near London mosque

Several dead in attack near London mosque

A vehicle struck pedestrians on a north London road early Monday morning, causing several casualties, police said.

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

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: "One man was pronounced dead at the scene".

Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organisation which speaks out against extremism, said: "I utterly condemn the senseless and evil van attack against Muslim worshippers outside the Finsbury Park Mosque in London".

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One witness described being surrounded by bodies in the wake of the attack outside the Muslim Welfare House, close to Finsbury Park mosque.

The Muslim Council of Britain has condemned the Finsbury Park van attack, calling it "the most violent manifestation" yet of Islamophobia and called for extra security around mosques.

Witnesses said that an imam from the mosque protected the driver of the van from angry members of the public until the police could arrive. The New York City Police Department says it has also sent additional police officers to protect mosques.

Another witness, who wanted to be identified as Abdulrahman, which is not his real name, told the Press Association: "I managed to get the driver of the van".

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"There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished". We should make clear that if this attack is confirmed as a deliberate terrorist attack then this should be classed as an act of terrorism.

The incident followed a series of attacks in Britain. Police have yet to provide any other update but reports have surfaced that 10 people are seriously injured. British Prime Minister Theresa May said an emergency response meeting will be held today, according to the Telegraph.

Two weeks earlier, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England. In March, a lone attacker drove his auto into people on Westminster Bridge, then fatally stabbed a police officer outside Parliament.

He added: "I said, 'tell me why did you try driving to kill innocent people?'"

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Part of Seven Sisters Road in the Finsbury Park area of north London has been closed while emergency services attend the scene.

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