One person has been arrested following an incident on Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park in London.
Initial reports indicate that up to 10 people were struck by a van outside of a mosque, with three reportedly dead. The driver of the van has been arrested. Reports indicate that the people inside of the Finsbury Park mosque who were hit had just broken their fast. Furthermore, initial reports suggest that the attack was intentional.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said police were called around 12:20 AM local time.
“Officers are on the scene with other emergency services,” the spokesperson said. “There are a number of casualties being worked on at the scene. There has been one person arrested. Enquiries continue.”
Several pedestrians have been injured after being hit by a van in London. Witnesses said the vehicle veered off the road into crowds outside Finsbury Park Mosque but it was unclear whether the collision was deliberate.
Footage showed injured people motionless on the pavement as angry crowds surrounded a man believed to be the driver. Police did not confirm claims Muslims leaving the mosque after Tarawih prayers performed for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
The London Ambulance Service sent multiple resources to the scene and the Metropolitan Police are referring to it as a ‘major incident’.
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed there are a number of casualties. Part of Seven Sisters Road has been closed as the operation and investigation continues. Based on images from Twitter, the van appears to be rented from a company called Pontyclun Van Hire.
Twitter user @Known_As_H, who witnessed the events, said that civilian bystanders held the suspect down until police arrived.