Several people were injured after a male suspect driving a rental van plowed into pedestrians in the Finsbury Park area of London Sunday.
The incident happened near a prominent Mosque as witnesses claim the driver intentionally struck the victims—the driver was taken into police custody alive.
There was a massive police response and multiple ambulances were on scene.
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London police described the attack as a “major incident”:
“Police were called just after 0020hrs 18 June to reports of a vehicle in collision with pedestrians.
Officers are on scene with other emergency services.
There are a number of casualties being worked on at the scene.
There has been one person arrested.
More information will be released when confirmed.”
London Ambulance Service Deputy Director of Operations, Kevin Bate said:
“We were called at 12.15am to reports of a road traffic collision at Seven Sisters Road.
“We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist responses teams to the scene. An advance trauma team from London’s Air Ambulance has also been dispatched by car.
“We are working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene.
“Our priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries and ensure those in the most need are treated first and taken to hospital.
“More information will follow when we have it.”
There was no immediate word on an exact number of victims. The White House said President Trump was briefed on the investigation.
Al Qaeda operatives including the “shoebomber” Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui attended the Finsbury Park mosque. In 2002, The Guardian reported that weapons training had taken place inside the building.
The mosque rose to notoriety when Abu Hamza al-Masri became Imam of the Mosque due to his extremist ideologies and views on terrorism.