A vehicle struck pedestrians on a north London road early Monday morning, causing several casualties, police said. One person has been arrested. (June 18)
LONDON — A van slammed into worshippers near a mosque in London early Monday, killing one person and injuring 10 other people in what witnesses described as a deliberate attack on Muslims and that British Prime Minister Theresa May said police were investigating as a potential terrorist incident.
Police arrested a 48-year-old man suspected of driving the van into a group of people as they left the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London shortly after midnight. He was arrested after being detained by members of the public, the Metropolitan Police said.
The incident comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and follows three attacks in Britain in as many months. Police said Monday’s incident had all the “hallmarks” of terrorism, although stopped short of formally calling it that.
The van’s driver was arrested on suspicion of murder. Police said all the victims were members of the Muslim community. The suspect’s identity was not released.
Eyewitness Abdul Rahman told the BBC that the driver of the van said that he wanted to “kill all Muslims.” Rahman told the British broadcaster that he hit the suspect and helped subdue him. “I hit him on his stomach … and then me and the other guys … we held him to the ground until he couldn’t move. We stopped him until the police came.”
Harun Khan, a leader of the Muslim Council of Britain, described the incident as a hate crime against Muslims and called for extra security around mosques.
“During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship,” he said. “It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by…