Van plows into crowd near Lon­don mosque

No re­ports of fa­tal­i­ties, but some in­juries as wor­ship­pers struck, one per­son ar­rested

Toronto Star - - NEWS -

LON­DON— A ve­hi­cle struck pedes­tri­ans near a mosque in north Lon­don early Mon­day morn­ing, caus­ing sev­eral ca­su­al­ties, po­lice said.

One per­son has been ar­rested. The Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice says the in­jured are be­ing taken to hos­pi­tals. Eye­wit­nesses re­ported see­ing po­lice give emer­gency med­i­cal treat­ment to at least one of the in­jured.

The Mus­lim Coun­cil tweeted that wor­ship­pers were struck by a van as they were leav­ing prayers at the Fins­bury Park mosque. It said its prayers are with the vic­tims. The neigh­bour­hood has two mosques, and sev­eral hun­dred wor­ship­pers would have been in the area af­ter at­tend­ing prayers as part of the Mus­lim holy month of Ra­madan.

The Fins­bury Park mosque was as­so­ci­ated with ex­trem­ist ide­ol­ogy for sev­eral years af­ter the 9-11 at­tacks in the United States but was shut down and re­or­ga­nized. It has not been as­so­ci­ated with rad­i­cal views for more than a decade.

Lon­don po­lice have de­clared the crash a ma­jor in­ci­dent and closed the area to nor­mal traf­fic.

Metropoli­tan Po­lice said of­fi­cers were called to the scene on Seven Sis­ters Road at 12:20 a.m. Mon­day. Many po­lice cars and am­bu­lances re­sponded to the in­ci­dent.

No other de­tails were im­me­di­ately avail­able.

Bri­tain’s ter­ror­ist alert has been set at “se­vere” mean­ing an at­tack is highly likely.

Ear­lier this month, a van veered into pedes­tri­ans on Lon­don Bridge, set­ting off ve­hi­cle and knife at­tacks that killed eight peo­ple and wounded many oth­ers on the bridge and in the nearby Bor­ough Mar­ket area.

Three Mus­lim ex­trem­ists who car­ried out the at­tack were killed by po­lice.

Manch­ester was also hit by a se­vere at­tack when a bomber killed more than 20 peo­ple at an Ariana Grande con­cert.

Wit­nesses on the scene, as well as nu­mer­ous ac­counts on so­cial me­dia, said the pedes­tri­ans were hit out­side the Fins­bury Park Mosque or the nearby Mus­lim Wel­fare House, a com­mu­nity cen­ter. With files from The New York Times

DANIEL LEAL-OLI­VAS/AFP/GETTY IM­AGES

Po­lice guard a street in the Fins­bury Park area of north Lon­don where a ve­hichle hit pedes­tri­ans on Sun­day night.

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