A driver plowed into a group of worshipers outside Finsbury Park Mosque in London, killing one person and injuring 10 others.
Britain woke up to more tragic news Monday after a vehicle plowed into worshipers near a mosque in north London, killing one and injuring 10 other people. The incident took place just after midnight Sunday and was being investigated as a possible terrorist attack by police. Here is what we know:
Who did it?
Metropolitan Police arrested a 48-year-old man, who was not immediately identified. Arriving officers found him “detained by members of public at the scene,” according to a police statement. The statement does not corroborate witness accounts of two others being involved. Police said the attack had “all the hallmarks” of a terrorism incident.
What is the reaction?
A leader of the Muslim Council of Britain called for extra security at mosques after the incident. The group’s general secretary, Harun Khan, said: “It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia.” London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan, a Muslim, said the assault was an attack “on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect.” Police urged for calm and said more officers would be deployed. Later, Prime Minister Theresa May visited the area and met with leaders of several faiths.
Where was it?
The van veered into pedestrians near the Finsbury Park Mosque in the northern part of the capital. Many worshipers were leaving the mosque as part of midnight prayers during the month-long Ramadan observance. Finsbury Park was for years known as a high-crime area, but its image has improved.