A van furrowed into worshippers outside a Mosque in London today, killing one person and injuring eight others to which Prime Minister Theresa May portrayed as a “potential terrorist attack”. The Guardian reported that the attack occurred soon after midnight outside the Muslim Welfare House, which houses a mosque, on the Sisters Road in the northern part of the city. The place of the incident is near to another mosque near the Finsbury Park on the same path.
At the time of the incident, several worshippers were in the area after participating in Ramadan prayers. The counter-terror police were investigating the whole incident. On the other hand, the Metropolitan Police said that one man was officially announced dead and eight others were injured in the incident. Prime Minister May said police were investigating the van episode “as a potential terrorist attack”. Earlier, she depicted the van episode as a “terrible incident and said, “All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene.” A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said, “The driver of the van – a man aged 48 – was found detained by members of the public at the scene and then arrested by police in connection with the incident.”
“He has been taken to hospital as a precaution and will be taken into custody once discharged. He will also be a subject of a mental health assessment in due course,” they added. The Scotland Yard said that armed police were at the incident, with the inquiry being done by Counter Terrorism Command and extra officers sent to reassure Muslims during Ramzan. The Metropolitan Police had earlier announced the impact as a “major incident” and said that there were a “number of causalities”. The leader of the Muslim Council of Britain, Harun Khan, tweeted that the van had “intentionally” keep running over people leaving night prayers. As per the Independent, footage of the episode showed injured people unmoving on the roadway as angry crowds surrounded a white man was supposed to be the driver.
The Guardian cited an eyewitness, Boubou Sougou, as saying, “It was not an accident, I saw everything. People were badly injured. The van driver tried to escape, but people grabbed him. He did not say anything.” The London’s vehicle Authority said on Twitter that the Seven Sisters road had been shut due to an “emergency services incident”. The city’s ambulance service said in a statement on Twitter that it had sent “a number of resources” including ambulance crews, paramedics and expert response teams to the scene. The statement said, “An advanced trauma team from London’s Air Ambulance has also been dispatched by car.” Another eyewitness, who lives in a flat on the Seven Sisters Road, said that the van appeared to have hit individuals who were leaving the Finsbury Park mosque after prayers completed, the BBC reported.
The witnesses said that the street was “backed up” with police cars, ambulance, and fire engines. Today’s episode has followed a series of attacks in Britain. On June 3, eight people were killed and 50 were injured when three militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and harmed people at nearby restaurants and bars. Two weeks before, a suicide bomber has killed 22 individuals at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England. On March 22, a man drove a rented car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and injured a policeman to death before being shot dead. His attack killed five innocents.