LONDON — A person drove a van at a gaggle of worshippers who had left a north London mosque shortly after midnight on Monday and screamed that he wished to “kill all Muslims,” a witness instructed BuzzFeed Information.
The white van struck a gaggle of males congregating a number of hundred ft from the Finsbury Park Mosque on Seven Sisters Street after night prayers, witnesses mentioned.
Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi instructed BuzzFeed Information the van swerved in direction of the boys, who had been attending to an aged man who had fallen down, maybe because of exhaustion, at a bus cease close to the Muslim Welfare Home.
“This large van simply got here and went throughout us,” Saleh Alamoudi mentioned. “I feel at the very least eight or 10 individuals had been injured. Fortunately I managed to flee, after which the man got here out of his van.”
The driving force tried to run, Saleh Alamoudi mentioned, however he and his two mates tackled the person, holding him down for some 20 minutes till police arrived.
“He was screaming earlier than that — I’m going to kill all Muslims,” Saleh Alamoudi mentioned. “He was throwing punches throughout.”
The UK Muslim Council of Britain additionally tweeted that that they had been knowledgeable a van ran over worshippers as they had been leaving a mosque.
One other man who claimed to be on the scene uploaded video to Twitter displaying males screaming at a person of Caucasian look who was being held by police.
He additionally shared photographs of what he mentioned was the van in query.
One particular person has been arrested, the Metropolitan Police confirmed in a statement, describing it as a “main incident.”
“Officers are on scene with different emergency companies,” police mentioned. “There are a variety of casualties being labored on on the scene.”
The London Ambulance Service mentioned paramedics had been additionally on the scene.
“We’ve despatched quite a lot of ambulance crews, advance paramedics, and specialist responses groups to the scene,” London Ambulance Service Deputy Director of Operations Kevin Bate mentioned in a statement. “An advance trauma crew from London’s Air Ambulance has additionally been dispatched by automotive.”
Saleh Alamoudi and his buddy, Ahmed Sharif, mentioned it took one hour for medical assist to reach. They mentioned they had been upset that just one ambulance got here, with “eight individuals on the ground.”
He uploaded video to his Facebook page displaying emergency staff performing CPR on one particular person.
“It was heartbreaking, truthfully,” Saleh Alamoudi mentioned.
The London Fireplace Service additionally said that they had despatched “quite a lot of assets” to the scene.
The incident occurred at a serious intersection close to Finsbury Park Mosque, the place prayers had been scheduled to be held shortly earlier than 11 p.m., in response to the mosque’s website. The mosque had broadcast the prayer service reside on YouTube.
“Our ideas and prayers with those that obtained injured and effected [sic] by this cowardly assault in Finsbury Park space, many casualties within the ground,” the mosque’s chairman, Mohammed Kozbar, tweeted.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the town’s first Muslim mayor, tweeted concerning the incident. Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn, the MP for Islington North who lives close to Finsbury Park, additionally tweeted that he was “completely shocked” by what had occurred, including he’d been in contact with native mosques.
Authorities are but to specify what has occurred. The incident comes after terror assaults in Manchester and London in current, the latter of which concerned, partially, a van placing pedestrians on London Bridge.
James Ball reported from Finsbury Park in London. David Mack in New York, Michelle Broder Van Dyke in Honolulu, and Wealthy James in Sydney contributed to this report.
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