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Finsbury Park attack: What we know so far Finsbury Park attack: What we know so far
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One man was killed and another nine people are in hospital when a van drove into worshippers close to a mosque in north London. A van drove into a group of worshippers close to a mosque in north London, leaving one man dead and nine in hospital.
The terror attack happened shortly before 00:20 BST on Monday, 19 June, when the vehicle mounted the pavement outside the Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road, near Finsbury Park Mosque. The terror attack happened shortly before 00:20 BST on Monday, 19 June, when the vehicle mounted the pavement outside Muslim Welfare House - which is also a community centre - on Seven Sisters Road.
Here is what we know so far.Here is what we know so far.
What happened?What happened?
A number of people on the street had just taken part in evening prayers after breaking the Ramadan fast. A number of worshippers from Muslim Welfare House and nearby Finsbury Park Mosque were on the streets at the time, having just taken part in evening prayers after breaking the Ramadan fast.
A group were helping an elderly man who had fallen down in Whadcoat Street - a short road off Seven Sisters Road - as they waited for their next set of prayers.A group were helping an elderly man who had fallen down in Whadcoat Street - a short road off Seven Sisters Road - as they waited for their next set of prayers.
It was then that a white van came down the street, mounted the pavement and drove into people.It was then that a white van came down the street, mounted the pavement and drove into people.
The man who was driving the van was restrained by people at the scene. Calls were made to the emergency services at about 00:20 BST. A police van arrived within one minute and a cordon was raised around the area within 10 minutes.
An imam from Finsbury Park mosque then stopped some of the crowd from attacking the suspect. The man who was driving the van was restrained by people at the scene, and an imam stopped some of the crowd from attacking the suspect.
Calls were made to the emergency services at about 00:20 BST. More than 60 medics went to help the injured, including ambulance crews, advance paramedics, specialist response teams, and a trauma team from London's Air Ambulance.
A police van arrived within one minute and a cordon was raised around the area within 10 minutes. Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was "declared a terrorist incident within eight minutes" of the first emergency call being received.
Over 60 medics were sent to the scene, including ambulance crews, advance paramedics, specialist response teams, and a trauma team from London's Air Ambulance.
A number of police units arrived at the scene and placed cordons around the area.
Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was "declared a terrorist incident within eight minutes" of the emergency call being received.
As a result, officers from the local borough are being supported by armed police and the Territorial Support Group, which is deployed to events that may involve public disorder. The Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation.As a result, officers from the local borough are being supported by armed police and the Territorial Support Group, which is deployed to events that may involve public disorder. The Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation.
Who were the victims?Who were the victims?
Police confirmed early on Monday that one person had died following the attack, but that person has not yet been named. Police confirmed early on Monday that the elderly man who was receiving first aid before the attack had later died.
The man who died was the same person who had received first aid before the attack. He has has not yet been named, and police said they were still investigating whether he died as a result of the attack or something else.
Police said they would investigate whether he died as a result of the attack or something else. Officers are trying to contact the next of kin.
The London Ambulance Service said nine people were being treated in three hospitals in the capital, with some in a serious condition.The London Ambulance Service said nine people were being treated in three hospitals in the capital, with some in a serious condition.
Other people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.Other people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The police confirmed that all the victims were Muslims.The police confirmed that all the victims were Muslims.
Witnesses reported seeing one man giving CPR to a victim in the street, while another man's head injury was treated with a makeshift dressing.Witnesses reported seeing one man giving CPR to a victim in the street, while another man's head injury was treated with a makeshift dressing.
Who was the attacker?Who was the attacker?
A 48-year-old white man, who police said was the driver of the van, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.A 48-year-old white man, who police said was the driver of the van, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
He was first detained by members of the public as they waited for police to arrive on the scene.He was first detained by members of the public as they waited for police to arrive on the scene.
Eyewitness Abdul Rahman told the BBC: "When the guy came out from his van he wanted to escape, run away, and he was saying 'I want to kill Muslims. 'I want to kill Muslims.'"Eyewitness Abdul Rahman told the BBC: "When the guy came out from his van he wanted to escape, run away, and he was saying 'I want to kill Muslims. 'I want to kill Muslims.'"
Police said he was taken to hospital as a precaution. Security minister Ben Wallace said the man was not known to the police or security services, and it is thought he acted alone.Police said he was taken to hospital as a precaution. Security minister Ben Wallace said the man was not known to the police or security services, and it is thought he acted alone.
Some witnesses said there was more than one person involved in the attack, but a statement from the police said there were no other suspects.Some witnesses said there was more than one person involved in the attack, but a statement from the police said there were no other suspects.
Forensics officers are now examining the white van, which has Pontyclun Van Hire - a firm from Rhondda Cynon Taff in Wales - written on it.Forensics officers are now examining the white van, which has Pontyclun Van Hire - a firm from Rhondda Cynon Taff in Wales - written on it.
What has the reaction been?What has the reaction been?
Mrs May said the incident was a terror attack. She said the man arrested on suspicion of carrying out the attack "targeted the ordinary and the innocent going about their daily lives".Mrs May said the incident was a terror attack. She said the man arrested on suspicion of carrying out the attack "targeted the ordinary and the innocent going about their daily lives".
She reiterated remarks that were made after an attack near London Bridge, saying "there has been far too much tolerance of extremism over many years."She reiterated remarks that were made after an attack near London Bridge, saying "there has been far too much tolerance of extremism over many years."
She added that there would be nowhere left for extremism to hide.She added that there would be nowhere left for extremism to hide.
Labour leader and local MP Jeremy Corbyn said on Twitter that he was "totally shocked" by what had happened.Labour leader and local MP Jeremy Corbyn said on Twitter that he was "totally shocked" by what had happened.
"I've been in touch with the mosques, police and Islington council regarding the incident. My thoughts are with those and the community affected by this awful event.""I've been in touch with the mosques, police and Islington council regarding the incident. My thoughts are with those and the community affected by this awful event."
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan promised additional policing to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan. He has also asked people to "remain calm and vigilant".Mayor of London Sadiq Khan promised additional policing to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan. He has also asked people to "remain calm and vigilant".
"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," he said."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," he said.
"While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge, it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect.""While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge, it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect."
Imam Mohammed Mahmoud, who protected the alleged attacker from an angry crowd, said: "This demonisation of the Muslim community at the hands of people with ulterior motives... have succeeded to some extent [by] influencing the vulnerable and the impressionable.Imam Mohammed Mahmoud, who protected the alleged attacker from an angry crowd, said: "This demonisation of the Muslim community at the hands of people with ulterior motives... have succeeded to some extent [by] influencing the vulnerable and the impressionable.
"It's on a par with the London Bridge attack... and we just hope that in times of tragedy people come together and unite."It's on a par with the London Bridge attack... and we just hope that in times of tragedy people come together and unite.
"The fabric of this society is not torn but we have to continue to keep the fabric of this society intact, and come together.""The fabric of this society is not torn but we have to continue to keep the fabric of this society intact, and come together."
General secretary of the Finsbury Park mosque Mohammed Kozbar said: "An attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths and communities.General secretary of the Finsbury Park mosque Mohammed Kozbar said: "An attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths and communities.
"They will try to divide us... they will not succeed.""They will try to divide us... they will not succeed."
The secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), Harun Khan, tweeted that the van had "intentionally run over worshippers" and that he was "shocked and outraged".The secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), Harun Khan, tweeted that the van had "intentionally run over worshippers" and that he was "shocked and outraged".
In a statement, the MCB added that it was a "violent manifestation of Islamophobia" and called for extra security around mosques.In a statement, the MCB added that it was a "violent manifestation of Islamophobia" and called for extra security around mosques.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid spoke briefly to concerned residents before being led through the police cordon as he visited the scene. He said "the attacker will not succeed in his efforts to divide British society".Communities Secretary Sajid Javid spoke briefly to concerned residents before being led through the police cordon as he visited the scene. He said "the attacker will not succeed in his efforts to divide British society".
The Jewish Community Council of North London called the attack "barbaric" and tweeted that members shared their "thoughts and prayers with our friends and neighbours".The Jewish Community Council of North London called the attack "barbaric" and tweeted that members shared their "thoughts and prayers with our friends and neighbours".
Speaking on his first state visit as Irish prime minister, Taoiseach Leo Valadkar said: "I think pretty much everyone in Ireland has somebody who lives [in London] who's a relative or a close friend.
"And when there's an attack on London, we feel in Ireland that it's almost an attack on us as well."
Police have asked witnesses or anyone with information to call them on 101 or contact them via Twitter @MetCC.Police have asked witnesses or anyone with information to call them on 101 or contact them via Twitter @MetCC.
Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visiting its website.Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visiting its website.