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19 June 2017, 06:31 | Melissa Porter
A vehicle struck pedestrians near a mosque in north London early Mond.
(Victoria Jones/PA via AP).
The Finsbury Park Mosque has a chequered history and was previously well known as a safe haven for extremists.
(Yui Mok/PA via AP). I was shocked, shocked, shocked. Images from the scene show a white van wedged against a traffic barrier at the dead end of a street.
"I call on everyone to stand together against those who seek to divide us", he said.
Police say the situation is fluid and declined to comment further. "An attack on one community is an attack on all of us", said Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.
The incident comes just over two weeks after three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars, killing eight.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the incident a "horrific terrorist attack on innocent people". He has been taken to a hospital as a precaution. The statement from her office said her thoughts were with the injured, their loved ones and emergency services who responded to the scene. One witnesstold the BBC he held down the suspect for 20 to 30 minutes before police arrived.
"There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury ParkMosque that seems to have hit people who were coming out of the mosque after prayers".
Finsbury Park is in north London, just over five miles from Westminster Bridge and London Bridge, where two previous terror attacks have rocked the capital in recent months.
Khalid said three of his friends were injured in the attack, including one who was hit and pinned under the van.
Someone in the crowd yelled to others not to harm the man while he was taken into custody.
The driver of the van - a 48-year old - has been arrested on suspicion of murder, he added.
Witnesses said they heard "screaming and shouting" and saw a crowd of people being "flattened" by the van.
The Prime Minister has held an emergency Cobra meeting this morning in the wake of the attack.
A Muslim worshipper was killed and 10 injured after the terrorist attack in Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, at 12.20am today. Police said he was already receiving first aid when the attack unfolded.
"An elderly man who just came from the mosque, he just fainted and people were picking him up when the van he just sped up and ran them over when the guy was one the floor", said Atikur Arhman, another witness.
Officials deployed armed officers at the scene, and several hours later, counter-terrorism police were brought in and are reportedly leading the investigation.
The group's general secretary, Harun Khan, described the incident as a hate crime against Muslims. "It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia".
The statement said no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police.
"This is being treated as a terrorist attack".
Britain's terrorist alert has been set at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely.
The driver also had a knife but no one sustained knife injuries, according to police.
The crash occurred near the Finsbury Park mosque.
"We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left #FinsburyParkMosque". A vehicle struck pedestrians near a mosque in north London early Monday morni.
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Muslim leaders called for calm . "Then people came to help the injured and surrounded the driver, while the other two got away". He said: "When I drove past slowly I could count three people on the floor and police were performing CPR on one of them".
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