Aftermath of attack near London mosque

Police said the 48-year-old man who was driving the auto has been arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution.

London police, already stretched by a series of major incidents around the capital, are putting more officers on the street to reassure the public after a driver plowed into a crowd of people leaving a mosque early Monday. "I want to kill Muslims".

An armed police officer mans a cordon on the Seven Sisters Road at Finsbury Park where a vehicle struck pedestrians in London Monday, June 19, 2017. The man who died was receiving first aid prior to the incident, they said.

Sadly, he has died.

Mr Basu said all victims were members of the Muslim community but that it was too early to determine the motive of the attack. Witnesses described him as white, with tattoos, while police later confirmed they had arrested a 48-year-old on suspicion of attempted murder, they added they were not looking for anyone else. Police said the male driver had also been taken to hospital as a precaution and would receive a mental health assessment.

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Counter-terrorism police are involved in investigating the incident, which happened shortly after midnight.

Transport for London tweeted that Seven Sisters Road was closed northbound at Hornsey Road and southbound at Rock Street. Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were killed by police.

Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the van had deliberately swerved into a group of people who were helping a man who was ill and had fallen to the ground. It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia.

"Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia and this is the most violent manifestation to date", MCB head Harun Khan said.

"This man was not known to the authorities in the space of extremism or far-right extremism", Wallace, junior minister for security in the Home Office, or interior ministry, told Sky News.

Muslim Council of Britain calls London attack violent manifestation of Islamophobia
The attack killed five people. "This is a terrorist attack and it was not an accident". "It took the police one hour to come". Witness Adhil claimed on Sky News that he believed the incident was a response to the London Bridge terror attack two weeks.

We have made available two-and-a-half million pounds. I've been in touch with the mosques, police and Islington council regarding the incident.

A man told Britain's Press Association that the van had swerved suddenly and that he had narrowly avoided being hit.

I think he done it on goal. He came in a bus lane and took a sharp left. The standard recognizes independent community organizations that deliver services for local people and build partnerships with other groups.

"He was trying to run away but people overpowered him".

Others are posting the peaceful messages of the Koran such as @lisaharris007 and @BriannaVarela93 who posted: "The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr - Mohammed".

"We call on all, including the media, to act responsibly at this time". As soon as it finished, this guy came. We got told to move straight away.

Men pray at the site of Finsbury Park attack. They never dropped him or nothing.

She added: "I saw a lot of people injured". Eyewitnesses reported seeing police give emergency medical treatment to at least one of the injured.

Two more people were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

In March, a lone attacker drove his vehicle into people on Westminster Bridge, then fatally stabbed a police officer at the gates of Parliament.

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