Man plows van into crowd by London mosque; 10 injured


London is once again waking up to bloodshed.

At least one person was killed and 10 more were injured, with eight of them hospitalized in the ramming incident.

However, by 8am United Kingdom time, the Guardian had begun referring to "terror" with the headlines "terror hits north London mosque" then "Finsbury Park terror attack: one dead near north London mosque".

Police said one man was pronounced dead at the scene and that the van driver, 48, had been detained by members of the public before being arrested. He added that the driver of the van was arrested on suspicion of murder.

A witness, Abdiqadir Warra, told AFP that the van "drove at people" and that some of the victims were carried for several metres along the road. Two people were treated at the scene.

- Police said they've not identified any other suspects at the scene nor have any been reported to police.

Theresa May has promised extra police resources to protect mosques in the run-up to Eid following an incident which saw a van plough into people near an Islamic centre in north London. The Muslim Welfare House was appealing for calm, and the imam had bravely restrained a crowd attempting to reach the attacker until police arrived to arrest him.

Police said the man who was being given first aid at the scene before the vehicle was driven into pedestrians had died but it was not clear whether his death was directly linked.

Eight other injured people were taken to hospitals after the crash early Monday morning.

The victims were Muslims worshippers who had gone to the mosque to pray after Iftar, the breaking of the dawn-to-dusk fast observed during the month of Ramadan. Around 10% of the borough's population is Muslim.

It is located a short walk away from Emirates Stadium, home of the Arsenal football club in north London. The mosque, which today operates largely as a community center, rose to global notoriety in the early 2000s, due to its links with Egyptian-born radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri.

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'In the meantime, I call on everyone to stand together against those who seek to divide us'.

- Since then, the mosque has worked to turn its reputation around and now operates mostly as a community center.

Speaking outside Downing Street following the attack, which police were treating as terrorism, the prime minister said more must be done to crack down on anti-Islam extremism, and praised London's multicultural community.

"Our community is in shock, our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by this", Mohammed Kozbar, the mosque's chairman, said Monday.

He added that it had "all the hallmarks" of a terrorist attack.

The site of the incident is close to another mosque near the Finsbury Park on the same road.

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

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was a "horrific terrorist attack" aimed at "innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan". It was where Islington Faiths Forum held its "Great Get Together" on Saturday, commemorating one year since the murder of MP Jo Cox.

"On one hand, I feel the people deeply appreciate our presence here and feel reassured that we are here with them, but on the other hand a lot of anger and frustration that members of their community have been attacked".

The Muslim Council of Britain said the van "intentionally" hit worshippers and labelled the attack at Finsbury Park as a "violent manifestation of Islamophobia".

Harun Khan, the secretary general of the MCB, said: "During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship".