What we know so far about the Finsbury Park attack

Police forensics officers prepare to examine the scene near Finsbury Park Mosque, where one man was dead and eight people injured after a vehicle ploughed into pedestrians, June 19, 2017 in a terrorist attack in London, England.

- One man was found dead at the scene, according to police, but it's not clear if he was killed during the attack.

Kozbar complained that the "mainstream media" was unwilling to call the attack a terrorist incident for many hours.

Counter-terrorism police were called out to investigate the incident, which occurred in the Finsbury Park neighborhood just after midnight.

Police were called just after 12.20pm on Monday to reports of a vehicle striking pedestrians in Seven Sisters Road outside the Muslim Welfare House and near Finsbury Park Mosque. I thought "that's terrible" especially with what London is going through at the moment with the building fire.

The man was being held down, beaten and kicked when Muslim cleric Mohammed Mahmoud stepped in to plead with people just to restrain him until police arrived. They held him until police arrived a few minutes later.

"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.

"When he went into the [police] van he made gestures, he was laughing". That attack also appeared inspired by Islamist extremism. Two were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

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- Investigation of the incident is being carried out by the Counter Terrorism Command.

The driver of the van was a 48-year-old man, who has been arrested and detained by police.

Police said the driver has been taken to hospital "as a precaution" and will undergo a mental health assessment.

Cage, a Muslim human rights group, said there had been "an epidemic rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes". Police said no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, unlike London authorities, has referred to the incident as a "horrific terrorist attack".

The chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque says the van crash that hit worshippers was a "cowardly attack" and urged Muslims going to mosques to be vigilant.

He said: "Many will feel terrorised, no doubt be angry and saddened by what has taken place tonight".

Witnesses at the scene immediately compared the incident to the London Bridge attack earlier in June which saw eight people killed.

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Miqdaad Versi, the Council's assistant secretary general, said the van had deliberately swerved into a group of people who were helping a man who was ill and had fallen to the ground.

"There was a lot of people".

"I woke up to the news, I was quite shocked". There were bodies around me. We're not safe. If I stay here, people could come and attack me with a vehicle.

Resident Cynthia Vanzella said she was in bed when she heard people shouting.

Mr Abdullah added: "I've seen about six or seven people on the floor".

Amateur video footage seen by AFP showed three people lying on the ground, including one who was receiving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. "Some of them were very bad".

He said as he attended the injured, others grappled with the driver as he tried to run away. "They ran away somewhere".

One man was trapped under the van and people tried to lift up the vehicle to free him.

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"The appalling attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park is an attack on us all and on the culture and values of our country".

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