Finsbury Park worshippers attacked

Graham Russell — The Guardian June 19, 2017

Aftermath of suspected terror attack on Finsbury Park mosque. Click to enlarge

Aftermath of suspected terror attack on Finsbury Park mosque. Click to enlarge

Finsbury Park has become the scene of what Theresa May called a “potential terrorist attack” after a van ploughed into worshippers leaving the nearby mosque, killing one and injuring eight others. A 48-year-old man, said by police to be the driver, was arrested at the scene after being detained by passersby.

We have a live blog here, and the at-a-glance what we know so far here.

The vehicle hit the crowd shortly after midnight, and police soon declared a “major incident” in north London, deploying armed officers. Hours later, they said counter-terrorism police were leading the investigation. May will chair a meeting of the Cobra committee this morning.

London mayor Sadiq Khan decried the “horrific terrorist attack”, saying in a statement: “We don’t yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.”

One resident who did not wish to be named told the Press Association: “People were just conversing, talking, just doing what we’re doing. And he just came into all of us. There was a lot of people. We got told to move straight away. I was shocked, shocked, shocked. There were bodies around me. Thank God I just moved to the side, I just jumped.”

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