One Person Dead After Van Slams Into Pedestrians Near London Mosque In "Terrorist Attack"

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Update:  One person was dead as a result of what the police called a terrorist attack, but police said it was too early to say if it was a result of the attack. Eight people were rushed to hospitals and two were treated at the scene.

A 48-year-old man suspected of being the driver was held down by members of the public at the scene and was been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. He was transported to a hospital as a precaution and will be taken into custody, police said. There were conflicting witness accounts of the number of assailants, but police said there are no other suspects at this point.

Witnesses cited by the WSJ said the driver appeared to deliberately steer a white van into the crowd after Ramadan prayers in the Finsbury Park neighborhood not long after midnight. The man jumped out of the van and bystanders grabbed him and held him down as he shouted anti-Muslim obscenities, they said.

“We saw a van was driving very fast, so we thought at the beginning he wanted to catch the traffic light,” said Saaeed Hashi, a 28-year-old who said he witnessed the attack. “But he didn’t. He hit a woman first and then two men. He carried on, and another three, or four, or five.”

Hashi said he and five others pinned the alleged attacker to the ground after he jumped out of the van. The man screamed obscenities about Muslim people as he tried to escape. Hashi said the alleged attacker, a muscular man with a tattoo, bruised him and ripped his white T-shirt.

The Muslim Council of Britain said that the attack appeared to be motivated by Islamophobia.

“We urge calm as the investigation establishes the full facts, and in these last days of Ramadan, pray for those affected and for justice,” Harun Khan, the organization’s secretary-general said in a statement.

On Monday morning, Neil Basu, deputy assistant commissioner of London’s police and senior national coordinator for counter terrorism, said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack but that “no matter what his motivation proves to be, we are keeping an open mind.” He said it was too early to say if the one death was “as a result of this attack.” The attack unfolded while the man who died was already receiving first aid from the public at the scene.

Extra police would be deployed around London, especially to protect Muslims, he said. Security in the city has already been bolstered after a series of attacks, including two vehicle attacks, which have rattled the U.K.

Just over two weeks ago, three assailants mowed down people on London Bridge before stabbing people with knives, leaving a total of eight people dead. In March, an attacker used a vehicle to hit pedestrians outside the British Parliament, killing five.

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A van plowed into pedestrians on Seven Sisters road in the Finsbury Park area in north London just after 12:20am London Time, in what the police has described a "major incident." There are "a number of casualties being worked on at the scene," London police said in a statement, with at least 10 people injured according to press reports.

The incident happened near the prominent Finsbury Park Mosque as witnesses claim the driver intentionally struck the victims; a male driver, who has not been identified, has been taken into police custody while the van appears to be rented. LBC radio adds that there has been a "huge emergency response" and ambulances have been dispatched to help the injured.

One witness told Sky News that the incident happened after worshippers were leaving the Finsbury Park mosque after midnight prayers.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing bystanders wrestle the suspect to the ground and pin him down until officers arrived.

According to the Telegraph, pictures posted on social media show more than a dozen emergency vehicles near the UKCG Help Centre at the junction of Seven Sisters Road and the A503 Tollington Road.

So far, the incident is not being called a terrorist attacks, as a person has been arrested unlike previous incidents.

One eyewitness speaking to LBC said the van had hit people on the pavement, but had not collided with a building. "It looked like he had lost control of the van or something," he said.  Locals said they had heard shouting and a helicopter was circling overhead.

Another caller told LBC her sister was at the scene when it happened. She said she described it as "something from a horror movie, everyone running everywhere".

Some social media reports describe the attack as "Islamophobic", and described the attack as a van "randomly swerving off the main road and running over several Muslim men."

The U.K. Muslim Council of Britain said they had been told worshippers were ran over as they left a local mosque. "Our prayers are with the victims," they said on Twitter.

The van used tonight at Finsbury Park mosque is shown below

One caller told LBC said people from a local mosque had been drinking coffee at a cafe by the mosque. He said he had seen six people on the floor. Another caller said:  "I saw police giving CPR, getting the heart going again and another guy on the floor."

There was no immediate word on an exact number of victims according to LBC, whose live broadcast can be heard here.

According to the Guardian, Al Qaeda operatives including the “shoebomber” Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui attended the Finsbury Park mosque. In 2002, weapons training had taken place inside the building. The mosque rose to notoriety when Abu Hamza al-Masri became Imam of the Mosque due to his extremist ideologies and views on terrorism.

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JLee2027's picture

japan and the rest of asia seem to get along fine without the western god


This is false. Basically all they have "achieved" is a copy of Western civilization.  Remove the West and they fall apart, back into the barbarism they had before, in the case of Japan, they were opened by Admiral Perry in 1854.

besnook's picture

jesus, you are fucking stupid. do you even know which sock goes on which foot?

JLee2027's picture

Since you can't handle truth, stop making foolish statements which have no basis in fact.


japan and the rest of asia seem to get along fine without the western god

Cheka_Mate's picture

It was General Douglas MacArthur who forced the Japanese to improve their health care system, end Feudal land system, give women the vote, and of course DEMO-KARA-SHI 

The average Japanese life expectancy improved 8 years following Allied occupation.  Fact.

Shay216420's picture

Do you wipe your ass with your bare right hand?

IronForge's picture

Concur.  Every Nation-Stte deals with Corruption; but Western Colonial Exploitation has not helped.

South Vietnam, for instance, was FUBAR'd by the Catholic Minority in power.

USA&GBR were screwing over JPN with usurious GLD exchange rates.

ESP pillaged the Americas until TEAM_USA rolled them.



consider me gone's picture

Well said, Thank you. Happy Fathers day, if applicable. If not, you'd make a good pop.

Captain Chlamydia's picture

"Removing the acknowledgment of the true God, the authority of the Bible, the voice of the true church, the moral education of youth, and the elevation of the Bible and the gospel – removing that is the path to destruction, and it’s a downhill run."


No it ain't. All those believers in whatever faith they were spoonfed, claim their religion and their God is the only True God. 


I'll stick with the flying spaghetti monster. 

Shay216420's picture

Better get some medicine for your dirty dick, spare us your insights on religion....

SoDamnMad's picture

The man could be very drunk and have a van full of empty bottle but this gun is a screaming terrorist. So we better BAN ALL TRUCKS WORLD-WIDE  because they are tools of the terrorists. No, you can't take credit for the elimination of trucks into Climate Change Objectives. The donkeys, mules and horses that pull the wagons to replace the trucks might actually produce more methane. Everyone will just have to tighten their belts and eat less which will be good for those who are obese.

Separately, who do the London police report to? The mayor of London

As of noon where I live in Europe, the suspect hadn't even been questioned by the police. So the Muslim community gets to judge and report to the media what happened. 

man from glad's picture

Frankly I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner.

SWRichmond's picture

Native Brits know how to drive, too.


vic and blood's picture

I have long believed that anyone diagnosed with a terminal illness should take out as many Muzzies as they are able.

matermaker's picture

It's England, not France.   It will be the night of the long knives before the muzzies get their way on that island.   The east end boys can be some hard core motherfuckers.  They will not allow that island to be invaded.  The cops and the Queen herself will look the other way.  Muzzies must conform or move back to the desert.

OverTheHedge's picture

It is a distinct possibility. Non-Brits seem to think that the UK is full of painfully polite, floppy haired, ineffectual fops, and it is, sort of, but the reason for that is that underneath the silly haircuts, the British are a race of psychopathic, violent lunatics who are ALWAYS up for a fight. Hence the elaborate, convoluted social rules, every bit as complicated as the Japanese: they have had to find a way to interact with each other that doesn't involve constant bloodshed.

My thinking is that it may be necessary, as a survival strategy, for the Muslim population to start to police themselves. We live in interesting times.

Dusty Rhodes' Muffler's picture

I've heard of too many towns in the former U.K. being run over by the Followers of Satan...for God's sake, Birmingham (Birthplace of Black Sabbath) has become sharia much as I would like to believe that England will rise up, I feel it is lost...England is the Big Brother we Love, but could beat at Super Mario Bros. when we were eight...we love them, but we are the awesome Little Brother they envy....I'm sorry, U.K. that I am too old to fight for you, but I feel my Nation may need me soon, and I'm a Nationalist....

besnook's picture

i think the muzzies know what bombs are like. they aren't so familiar with vehicles killing them. i am supposing fat describes your entire body including that thing attached to your neck.

BarnacleBill's picture

*How do these Mohamadians feel being on the receiving end?  Ain't so nice is it!!! STFU towelheads!!*

What an utterly disgusting comment. ZH carries too many bigoted comments for comfort, but to presume that all "Mohamadians" are somehow less than human is itself an inhuman sentiment. How the hell can this comment attract 33 up-votes?

JLee2027's picture

Get your head out of your ass. 

vic and blood's picture

The same way that you are headed for 33 down votes, quiche eater.

matermaker's picture

If you want them to sue for peace, make them bleed.

Kobe Beef's picture

If you want peace, make them all dead.

Magooo's picture

Ask the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi's who were blown to pieces over a lie how it feels you fucking moron

SheHunter's picture

whoa doggie.  83 upvotes and counting?

towelheads?  Fellow ZH-ers.  Is this really who you are?

I bet 80 of you 83 downvoters would stop to help one of these 'towelheads' if they were stranded on a road at night in the middle of winter with wind chill -20.   Hope so anyway.  we are all in this game of life together.  Stop taking yourselves so high and mighty serious.

HK21E's picture

I bet I am one of the three that wouldn't. 

Quinvarius's picture

By now most of us have looked in the Koran and at the history of Mohammadism.  I think you are wrong.

RattieNomNom's picture

The government should hide all muslamiqs, so they dont offend those gastly white nationalists!! ;P

Hide them in the desert!

CheapBastard's picture

It's a "matter" .... not an "incident."

Mr Hankey's picture

Dad-gummed Quebecois agin...

TAALR Swift's picture

When I saw the headline, I thought that the CNN guy, named 'Van', slammed into a crowd of Trump supporters.

It's hard to tell these days.

baghead's picture

Could this be from Muslim infighting? Read here.

xtremers9's picture

but.... but..... compassion/racism/intolerance (insert cue of standard BS)

xtremers9's picture

but.... but..... compassion/racism/intolerance (insert cue of standard BS)

saudade's picture

While blaming all you issues on white EU citizens. Still the eternal anglo lusts for (((asian))) skin.

drendebe10's picture

Moar man caused violence. Ban vans! Thw towel hed London mayor is a stoopud fukn moron but not even close to thw league of the illegal Indonesian kenyan alien muslim fudgepacker imbecile. Fukem both

Four chan's picture

are muslims smart enough for false flag?

Yars Revenge's picture

Now lets not be so quick to point the fing...

Annnd it's Muslims

Ms No's picture

Apparently this time they decided to hit the white supremacist "crazy white person" angle.  They tend to go back and forth.


Escapeclaws's picture

Evidently this act was committed by a lone vanman.

brockhardman's picture

Even blowback has blowback.

CultiVader's picture

That's a choo choo train. You want to be the caboose pistol.

Hongcha's picture

They'll just have to get used to it.  Haven't the British and French Ministers said so?

And without weapons, they are out gunned since their undocumented guests not only have the full approval of their Globalist masters; they have the respective police forces mobilized to protect them from the naturally-born citizens of France and GB.

Ok, down vote me if I am a whit inaccurate in any of my points.

eclectic syncretist's picture

The leaders say that people just have to get used to it. This is what you apparently get in a city as civilized as London. I wonder who'll get run over next? Maybe the mayor knows?

Apparently there is at least one guy who hasn't gotten used to it yet.

Cruel Joke's picture

And tomorrow Theresa May will be blaming the internet and the need for more and deeper surveilance of all brits. She has no real solutions.

MonkeyKnutz's picture

Because they hate us for our Freedumbs, now take it away!!!

OverTheHedge's picture

The real solution may be a tad too final.

(That's a punne, or play on words - not a call for action, by the way)

Bunga Bunga's picture

‘Part And Parcel Of Living In A Big City’, your mayor just said so.