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On Monday morning, in London, a van slammed into pedestrians

  • Written by Robert Woodward
  • Published in Europe

A supposed anti-Muslim attack took place in Finsbury Park, north London, which is home to at least four mosques, just after midnight on Monday morning local time. At least one person was killed and eight are in three hospitals after a van slammed into crowds of pedestrians. Dozens of people had just finished prayers at the mosque when the vehicle crashed.

A 48-year-old male suspect was arrested at the scene, according to London Metropolitan police. Driver was detained by members of public at the scene before police arrived. He will also be subject of a mental health assessment. Seven Sisters Road has been closed northbound at Hornsey Road and southbound at Rock Street. Muslim Council of Britain releases a statement calling it a "terror attack.”

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   Emergency crew at the site of the London attack

"During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship. My prayers are with the victims and their families," the statement said. Counter Terrorism officers are investigating the attack. Prime Minister Theresa May said it was being treated as "a potential terrorist attack." As a consequence a Cobra committee emergency meeting was scheduled later on Monday. At this early stage of this investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police. Muslim Council after attack demands increased security around mosques.

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