A van to vanquish the faithful left a mosque in London, killing at least one person and wounding 10 people in what witnesses said was a deliberate attack on Muslims.
The incident was treated as a potential terrorist attack, said Prime Minister Theresa May, who, if confirmed, will make the fourth since March in Britain and the third to establish a pedestrian-vehicle driven deliberately.
Shortly after midnight, the leased vehicle has been moved to a group of people coming out of prayers at the mosque in Finsbury Park, one of the largest in the country, witnesses said. The attack occurred during the holy month of Ramadan.
“This big truck comes and goes on all sides,” Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi told BuzzFeed News. “He (the driver) was shouting …” I’m going to kill all the Muslims. ”
Police said a man was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the 48-year-old van was detained by members of the public before being detained. The driver would undergo a mental health assessment, according to police.
Eight people were transferred to the hospital and two were taken care of in the place. Usain Ali, 28, who was near the mosque at the time, said he heard a lightning strike and ran for his life.
“When I looked back, I thought it was a car accident, but people were screaming, screaming and I realized that it was a man who chose to terrorize people to pray,” he told Reuters. “He chose exactly the time when people pray, and the mosque is too small and crowded, while some pray outside.
The attack comes at a time of political turmoil in Britain, while Prime Minister May, weakened by the loss of his parliamentary majority in the elections on June 8, plunges into divorce talks with the EU.
She made strong criticism for her response to a fire in a London tower last Wednesday that killed at least 58 people and her security record after a series of attacks attributed to Islamic militants in recent months.
“All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and emergency services on the scene,” May said, adding that she would preside over an emergency response meeting later Monday.
Court officials and police attended the scene after a vehicle hit pedestrians in the Finsbury Park area, north of London, Britain June 19, 2017.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said additional police were deployed to reassure communities, particularly those who observe Ramadan, who described the attack as “an attack on all our common values of tolerance, freedom, and respect.”
Labor opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, the constituency of the attack, said he was “totally shocked.”
The incident comes just over two weeks after three Islamist militants took pedestrians to the London Bridge and stabbed people in the area’s restaurants and bars, killing eight people.
It also stems from a suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester, Northern England, in May, in which 22 died, while in March a man drove a rented car at pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed To a policeman to death before being shot. His assault killed five people.