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Van Hits Crowd Near London Mosque – 1 Dead, 8 Injured

Sunday, June 18, 2017 22:21
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A man has died and eight people have been injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians near a north London mosque.

The van mounted the pavement and struck a group of people just after midnight near Finsbury Park Mosque in Seven Sisters Road. A 48-year-old man has been arrested.

Counter terrorism officers are at the scene, the Metropolitan Police said.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said a van “intentionally” ran over worshippers.

Many of the victims are believed to have just left evening prayers at the Muslim Welfare House after breaking the Ramadan fast.

The MCB said it was a “violent manifestation of Islamophobia” and called for extra security around mosques.

Prime Minister Theresa May will chair an emergency meeting later and said police were treating it “as a potential terrorist attack”.

She described it as a “terrible incident”, adding: “All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene.”

The van driver was arrested after being detained by members of the public at the scene following the collision at 00:20 BST.

Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi said he was among a group of people helping an elderly worshipper who had fallen down when the van swerved towards them.

Video posted online of the aftermath showed a scene of chaos as people tried to help the injured.

One man could be seen giving CPR to a victim in the street while another man’s head injury was treated with a makeshift dressing.

An eyewitness told how he jumped out the way of the van as it struck.

He said: “He just came into all of us. There was a lot of people. We got told to move straight away.

“I was shocked, shocked, shocked. There were bodies around me.

“Thank God I just moved to the side. I just jumped. Everyone is hurt. Everyone is actually hurt.”

Another who lives in a flat on Seven Sisters Road told of seeing people “shouting and screaming”.

“Everyone was shouting ‘a van’s hit people’.

“There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park Mosque that seems to have hit people who were coming out of the mosque after prayers finished.”

She said the road was “backed up” with police cars, ambulance and fire engines.

Some witnesses at the scene – near Finsbury Park Station and the Emirates stadium – said more than one attacker may have been involved.

But the Met said: “At this early stage of this investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police, however the investigation continues.”

Labour leader and Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn said on Twitter: “I’m totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight.

“I’ve been in touch with the mosques, police and Islington council regarding the incident. My thoughts are with those and the community affected by this awful event.”

‘Horrible to watch’

London Ambulance Service deputy director of operations Kevin Bate said: “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.”

Witness Cynthia Vanzella said on Twitter: “Horrible to watch police officers doing cardiac massage for people on the floor, desperately trying to save them. I just hope they did.”

The MCB said its “prayers are with the victims.”

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  • plsnogod

    The news is already wall-to-wall allah. This will only escalate in the uk and the rest of europe.

    The destruction of western culture has a way to run,but it is inevitable. Gadaffi said that by the will of allah we will take europe without firing a shot. Too true.
    They breed at more than twice the rate as indigenous europeans, plus ridiculous levels of immigration. The writing has been on the wall for sometime.

    However, there are enough of this low-iq inbred fanatics to ensure that despite having already won their european sharia caliphate, they want to bathe in western blood in the form of jiihad. The koran is clear on this.

    These animals are able to march through our cities waving plackards saying death to non-muslims, behead those who blaspheme the prophet, with complete impunity. We,on the other hand are so bullied by the liberal ‘elite’ that we can’t even discuss the depredations of this barbaric,mysogenistic ‘faith which is slowly taking over our lives.

    This attack at the finsbury mosque is just the start of what ultimately is a doomed fightback against islam. There will be many many more on both sides. But this combined entity called islam will win. There is not such a thing as moderate islam, though many pretend there is. It is all allah allah allah. “The one and only god” The god that promises paradise after death, particularly if you kill the non-believers.

    There is still time for the USA to escape this fate,but you must act. Close the mosques, deport any muslim who speaks against the west, and send them back to the tuberculosis-ridden dung heaps of countries from where they came, the state of which they are in being due entirely to the very religion they want to impose on us.

    For us here in europe,sadly,it is far too late. I love america. Hang on to it whilst you can.

  • VirusGuard

    Treasa may want everyone to be known as terrorists including whites or extreamist as she tries to take control of our internet so we will see more immigrants let in to the UK and soft gloves being used on muslims at protests by the police and the boot being used against any groups that stand up to them.

    Look like the rivers of bllod speach was about right if not just too early

  • Mick

    The timing is too convenient for the British government which was on the ropes over the Grenfell Tower inferno. And why is a van running over people a terrorist act instead of mass murder? How could it hope to change politics? Bombs and bullets are the actions of terrorists. No terrorist uses vans and knives.

    This is a false flag done by the same British security services who killed over fifty on 7/7. Theresa May’s government must be more fragile than we realized because this was done to save it. Neo-liberalism and its end has brought us to a very dark place; it’s desperate to replace itself with totalitarianism so the warmongers and crooks won’t be brought to justice and they can keep the loot.

    • plsnogod

      Yes 9/11 was clearly a false flag. There’s too much evidence to refute that.
      However,not every terrorist event is a false flag, and i think you dishonour the victims by assuming they are.
      Terrorists do use vans and knives as well as bombs and bullets!

      By blythly assuming these are all false flags, you show a lack of understanding of islam, and you risk being oblivious to the muslim threat.

      These in-bred first cousin marring mutants have it drummed into their tiny minds from birth that allah is the one true god,the only god,and that their job in life is to force the infidel to convert or die,that they go to paradise for it. That is the problem.

  • barebones

    Maybe this is payback, but do notice that the description – black hair, age 48, white[ish] complexion, and no name – was immediately available. What are the odds that …….

    This mischief is just the muslim version of the african knock-out game. Fun is in the minds of the beholders!

  • dj dawg

    islam will end up losing cause they are ignorant backward worthless humans they piss enough people off and they will be hunted like dogs the second crusade is coming.

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