One person has died and eight people have been taken to hospital after being hit by a van in a “potential terror attack” near a north London mosque.

The van driver, described by eyewitnesses as a large white man, was detained by members of the public after the attack in Seven Sisters Road at 12.20am on Monday.

One witness described being surrounded by bodies in the wake of the attack outside the Muslim Welfare House, close to Finsbury Park mosque.

Eyewitnesses said the attacker shouted about killing Muslims as he was held by local people.

‘We have to respond by being together’ Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders unite to condemn Finsbury Park Mosque attack

Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders have united to condemn the attack on a mosque in Finsbury Park.  One man has died and several others have been injured after a van was driven into a crowd during the suspected terror attack in North London.  Faith leaders have spoken out against the attack and a rabbi, a Muslim man and a bishop stood together for a joint interview. 

Government told to extend terror strategy to far-right white terrorists after Finsbury Park attack

The Government has been urged to focus its counter-terror Prevent programme on far-right extremism after a van ploughed into worshippers leaving evening prayers at a mosque in Finsbury Park.  One man was killed and eight people were taken to hospital after the suspected terror attack outside Muslim Welfare House shortly after 12:20am on Monday. 

East London Mosque has been evacuated after it received a telephone threat.
The mosque said it understood it to be a hoax, but urged vigilance in the Muslim community.
An imam prevented a mob attack on the suspected terrorist van driver who just minutes earlier had mowed down Muslim worshippers at a mosque.
He said, as some locals treated the injured, others tried to punch and kick the attacker.
Mohammed Mahmoud said: “We arrived at the incident within minutes. We found the assailant on the floor.
“He had been restrained by about three people. The injured and the deceased’s brother were being tended to.
“We found a group of people quickly started to collect around the assailant.
“Some tried to hit and punch and kick him.
“By God’s grace we managed to surround him and protect him from any harm.”
The imam said two men, who he described as brothers, helped prevent a vigilante attack as passions ran high and said they “extinguished any flames of mob rule”.
He said a passing police van was the first on the scene.
Mr Mahmoud said: “There was a mob attempt to hurt him, so we pushed pushed people away from him until he was safely taken by police.”
Witness Hussain Ali added the suspect was smiling and waving as he brought carnage to Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park, north London.
The imam was hailed as the “hero of the day” by Toufik Kacimi, chief executive of the Muslim Welfare House, outside which the attack took place.

Imam who protected terror suspect who attacked Muslims from angry crowds until police came speaks out

An imam who protected the Finsbury Park Mosque attacker from members of the public has described how he stopped “kicks and punches” that were coming from “every angle”. Mohammed Mahmoud was one of the first on the scene of the attack early on Monday morning and intervened to save the suspect from a crowd that had formed. Speaking next to the police cordon in north London, the imam said: “We found that a group of people quickly started to collect around the assailant and some tried to hit him with either kicks or punches.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has said: “This is a truly horrific terrorist attack on our city, where innocent bystanders were deliberately targeted after returning from the Taraweeh Ramadan prayers.
“My thoughts and prayers, as I’m sure the thoughts and prayers of all of London and the country, are with all those affected by the attack last night, particularly the man who tragically died last night at the scene.”
He paid tribute to the “fantastic response” from the emergency services as well as the local community and worshippers who detained the driver until police arrived, and the imam who stopped local residents from taking their anger out on the attacker.
“This attack behind me in Seven Sisters, the attack in Manchester, the attack on London Bridge, the attack on Westminster Bridge are all an attack on our shared values, our shared values of tolerance and freedom and respect,” he said.
“And we will not allow these terrorists to succeed.”
Mr Khan added: “These have been a terrible few weeks for London, unprecedented in recent times.
“We have seen the horror of the fire at Grenfell Tower, we have seen the attack on London Bridge and before that on Westminster Bridge and we saw last night the terrorist attack here in Seven Sisters.
“We will stay a strong city, we will ensure we are not cowed by terrorism, and we will not be defeated.
“We are united today and we are going to carry on being a united city.”
Asked if Islamophobic terrorism has been underestimated, he added: “Terrorism is terrorism.
“It doesn’t matter whether you are inspired by a perverse version of Islam or whether you are inspired by other motives to terrorise others.
“The intention is the same, to divide communities, to make us stop leading the lives that we do.”
He said there has been a “spike in hate crime”, in particular Islamophobic hate crime, after the London Bridge attack.

Theresa May says the Finsbury Park mosque attack justifies her plan to crackdown on the internet

Theresa May has said the Finsbury Park mosque attack justifies her plan to impose a raft of regulations on the internet. The Prime Minister was speaking outside 10 Downing Street after a white van ploughed into Muslim worshippers following prayers at the north London mosque, leaving one dead and 10 injured. “This Government will act to stamp out extremist and hateful ideology, both across society and on the internet,” she said.

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