A man has died and 10 people have been injured after a man drove a van into worshippers near a north London mosque.
Eight people were taken to hospital after the “terrorist attack” near Finsbury Park Mosque, police said.
A group of people were helping a man who had collapsed when they were hit by the van just after midnight. The man has died, but it is unclear whether this was as a result of the attack.
A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
Police said all the victims of the attack, which took place outside Muslim Welfare House, were Muslim.
Eyewitness Abdul Rahman said the driver had said he wanted to “kill all Muslims” and told the BBC he struck the man and helped subdue him.
Metropolitan Police’s deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu said the “terrorist attack” began when the van was driven into a man who was already being given first aid by the public on the pavement.
Several of those in hospital are “seriously injured” and there are currently no other suspects, he added.
Earlier, police also said the arrested man would be “subject of a mental health assessment in due course”.
Extra police are being deployed to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said.
He also said his “thoughts and prayers” were with those affected by the “horrific terrorist attack on innocent people”.
“While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect.”
Forensics officers are examining a white van which has Pontyclun Van Hire on it – a firm from Rhondda Cynon Taff in south Wales.
But people are not happy about how the news is being covered generally in the media.
J.K. Rowling herself took to twitter to criticise the coverage.
The Mail has misspelled ‘terrorist’ as ‘white van driver.’ Now let’s discuss how he was radicalised. pic.twitter.com/HPw2czZiV9
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 19, 2017
Other people tweeted with the same concerns.
— Fitzy (@fitzy_blue) June 19, 2017
I’m shocked by the terror attack in #FinsburyPark. Extremists have no place in society & must be treated equally by the media & authorities.
— Caspar Lee (@Caspar_Lee) June 19, 2017
People have praised how worshippers conducted themselves despite what happened especially the imam of the mosque who called on people to not “touch him.”
Imam Mohammed Mahmoud “helped calm the immediate situation after the incident and prevented further injuries and potential loss of life” according to witnesses.
The Imam at #FinsburyPark mosque detained the perpetrator and calmed the situation, showed such admirable restraint and true leadership
— Jennnifferrr (@raffee_ru) June 19, 2017