"We managed to extinguish any flames of anger or mob rule that might have taken charge", he told reporters, adding he was acting with "a group of mature brothers".
People gathered to pray on the street following the incident.
Police officers man a cordon at Finsbury Park where a vehicle struck pedestrians in London Monday, June 19, 2017. Earlier this year, a man plowed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four people before stabbing a police officer outside Parliament.
Prime Minister Theresa Maydescribedthe attack as a "sickening" attempt to destroy liberties that unite Britain, such as freedom of worship.
"We don't yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan", he said.
An imam is reported to have calmed furious worshippers and ensured that the suspect was not harmed. "Right after the [police] vehicle stopped, a lot of people started pushing this man [the alleged suspect] to the police, as if signalling to arrest him", she stated.
Police declared it a terrorist incident within eight minutes, May said.
A witness at the scene said the man behind the wheel got out of his van and shouted about wanting to kill Muslims.
Counter terrorism officers are at the scene and extra police are being deployed to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan, Mayor of LondonSadiq Khan said.
CNN national terror analyst Peter Bergen said the Finsbury Park neighborhood has a large Muslim population and the nearby mosque had a notorious reputation as a place where Islamist militants used to gather.
- All of the victims were from the Muslim community, police said.
One man is dead, and ten have been injured, while people in the area detained the driver before being arrested by London Metropolitan Police.
The man who died is believed to have been an elderly worshipper who was already receiving first aid from members of the public after collapsing.
One person died at the scene and eight people have been taken to hospital. The injured were immediately rushed to the hospital where they are being treated.
Witnesses told CNN they saw a van driving at high speed along Seven Sisters Road after worshipers had attended late-night prayers at the Finsbury Park Mosque.
"He has assured me that his team is fully engaged and working in partnership with the London Metropolitan Police as the investigation into the abhorrent attack at Finsbury Park gets under way". Around 10% of the borough's population is Muslim. The incident occurred near two mosques: the Finsbury Park Mosque and the Muslim Welfare House. 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.
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.
LONDON (AP) - A vehicle struck pedestrians on a north London road early Monday morning, causing several casualties, police said.
They added: "We call on the government to do more to tackle this hateful evil ideology which has spread over these past years and resulted in an increase of Islamophobic attacks and division of our society, as well as spreading of hate".
All the victims were Muslim, Basu said.
"He tried to run away but we brought him down".
Mohammed Iqbal, general secretary of Worcester Central Mosque, said: "Events like this don't help, they sow a seed of hate from the Muslim side - or any side".
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One killed in London mosque attack
Another shows him sweating with a bruised face after video appeared to show him being puncched and kicked by people at the scene. There were bodies around me. "Thank God I just moved to the side, I just jumped", the witness added. "Everyone is hurt.