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Police Arrest Man Amid Angry Crowds After Finsbury Park Incident

19 Juin 2017

A van rammed into pedestrians near a mosque in London today causing injuries to several people, following which the vehicle's driver was arrested, police said. Eight people were being treated at three area hospitals. A van driver who was arrested by police has been taken to hospital and is subject to a mental health assessment.

The suspect was detained by the crowd until police came.

Ramadan, due to end at the weekend, with Eid al-Fitr expected to begin on Sunday, was always a busy time for mosques, with people coming and going to pray all night, he said. My prayers are with the victims and their families.

Eight people were killed on June 3, when a van drive into people on London Bridge before three attackers stabbed victims around nearby Borough Market.

- The head of Tell MAMA, an anti-Islamophobia group, says anti-Muslim hate crime in the United Kingdom has increased noticeably after the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London. Its director, Iman Atta, said: "We have put out numerous safety leaflets to mosques to ensure vigilance so that congregations are safe. Communities will see additional officers patrolling across the city and at Muslim places of worship".

Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of Finsbury Park Mosque, told The Sun: "Whoever did this, he did it to hurt people and it's a terrorist attack".

Ms Rudd said: "We have again woken up to another bad incident in London where a man has taken hold of a van and driven it into a group of innocent people in Finsbury Park".

One man died and 10 others were injured after the attack, which police are treating as terrorism.

Video posted online of the aftermath of Monday's attack showed a scene of chaos as people tried to help the injured.

Another eyewitness told Press Association: "People were just conversing, talking, just doing what we're doing".

BREAKING: We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque.

Since then it has reopened under new management and CNN correspondent Phil Black says over the past 10 years it has "worked very hard at becoming a healthy, active member of the community".

The Muslim Council of Britain confirmed that worshippers had been targeted in the attack.

On social media, witnesses said they believed that the victims had been performing Tarawih, the evening prayers performed by Sunni Muslims at night in the Islamic month of Ramadan.

On March 22, a man drove a rented auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a police officer guarding the British parliament to death before being shot dead.

"The van drove over people who were leaving late prayers. They were helping on the pavement and trying to help them to get away from the scene".

Authorities said one person was killed at the scene of the incident.

Several Jewish groups extended their condolences and issued condemnations on Monday after a van plowed into a group of worshippers leaving a London mosque in the early hours of the day. A number of police and ambulances were in attendance.