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

Tyler Durden's picture

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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Joe A's picture

It was just a matter of time before somebody would direct an attack on Muslims and this is how it will all spiral of control..

shadow54's picture

One a cycle of violence is established it is hard to stop, that is why retaliating against Muslims just makes it worse. It is up to the authorities to stop terrorism not private citizens.

gregga777's picture

But the authorities are in collusion with the Islamic terrorists. The Intellectual Yet Idiot classes ruling morons don't target Islamic terrorists and the terrorists agree to leave them alone.

Joe A's picture

After Bataclan, Nice, Berlin and the attacks in the UK I wondered how much longer it would be before somebody snaps and directs an attack towards Muslims. Anyway, this can easily spiral out of control. Tit for tat and at one point law abiding citizens might snap. This is how conflicts spiral out of control: Revenge upon revenge. 2017 could turn out to be a very hot summer.

smacker's picture

Except that if you "read this ZH article" from yesterday, you can see that the UK has not arrested ONE single jihadist in recent times.

France arrested the most (429) followed by Spain (69), Belguim (62) and NL (36) etc.

How can anyone trust the "British authorities" to stop terrorism? when they're all stuck up their own asses attending courses on "Cultural Marxism" "diversity" and "combatting hatred on Facebooq" etc etc.

The are not only in denial about the grave cultural clash between Islam and Western culture but have taken the side of Islam.


montresor's picture

Get dead nigger storage on the horn..

Altesh's picture

Did the van survive? :(

MuffDiver69's picture

This doesn't add up. Only ten people and the dude is calm. Looks like an accident more then a van mowing through a crowd. Why stop. That van doesn't even have the windshield spidered..look at the van. I've done more damage hitting a deer....

shadow54's picture

One witness did claim it was just an accident but the Muslims said he was a drunk, had a gun and screamed about killing Muslims.

shadow54's picture

Probably retaliation over the other recent terror attacks. By an angry drunk if what I read is correct.

Witchy-witch's picture

Here is something for your listening pleasure.

Manipuflation's picture

I am good for father't day now.  Our six year old son managed to do a "high flying kick" off the back off the sofa, fuck it up, and fracture his radius this morning.  A trip to urgent care for that and now more tomorrow.  How the fuck do you break your arm in the living room?

I went to shower up and shave and found that the bathroom sink was not draining all of a sudden.  Mrs. M decided to try to fix it herself which made things worse.  So I had to disassemble the plumbing and I snaked out gobs of women's hair.  What the fuck?  

It would have been nice if "someone" would have made me a pack of smokes but that would too much to ask.  Don't worry, I will do it.

I hate father's day.  There is no such holiday.  I am getting sick and tired of hearing about it.  I am pissed at MLB for wearing the light blue.  Just play baseball would you?       

smacker's picture

Dismantling the plumbing is always the ultimate solution to clear the sink drain but a rubber plunger used with running water turned on can be quite good :-)

Centerist's picture

And if that doesn't work, hand operated drain snakes will bust the clog and cost about $24. I used one to pull out a rat-sized glob of Mrs. Centerist's hair from the drain after a plunger and Draino both failed.  They clear out anything.

smacker's picture

Why is it always women's hair that blocks the drains?

Anyway, methinks that Manipuflation knows pretty well how to fix the blockage, he just likes to do the job properly :-)

Intoxicologist's picture

Beep-beep, beep-beep, YEAH!

tyberious's picture

I wish I felt bad for every junky, in this case Europe, that was addicted, in this case to immigration!\

BTW, the Muslims are supposed to start WWIII.

ludwigvmises's picture

Probably some amish white guy, like always!

Non-Corporate Entity's picture

Tommy Robinson, the man reporting from the streets, told us the male Brits were getting pissed off and local vigilantes were imminent. I'm not at all surprised this happened, unfortunately.

Thisfuckenlife's picture

He must've been a very low IQ terrorist if he was too stupid to even flee the scene

headless blogger's picture

NY TIMES is at their dirtiest yet:

In there article they have these paragraphs at the end, without once being honest about who these people are, but installing the "Islam is Peaceful and Tolerant" if nobody knows. This is Intellectually Dishonest to say the least:

"The mosque states on its website: “The work of the new management reflects the proper role of a mosque — as a place of worship, religious learning and social interaction. It also presents the true teachings of Islam as a religion of tolerance, cooperation and peaceful harmony amongst all people who lead a life of balance, justice and mutual respect.”


Attacks involving vehicles have shaken London in recent months. On March 22, a 52-year-old Briton rammed a car into a crowd of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, fatally injuring four of them, and then stabbed a police officer to death before he was gunned down by the police.


On June 3, three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, before launching a knife attack in nearby Borough Market. Eight people were killed before the men were shot to death by the police".

LoveTruth's picture

Ban Islam! If Islam was banned this and all other terrorist attacks wouldn't have happened. 


Muslims are trying to force on us the belief that Muhammad is a prophet. Mohammad broke almost all of the 10 commandments. He married a 9 year old girl, he married his step sons wife, he ordered the assassination of a poet who was writing poems against him, he conducted wars for over 10 years killing many people. He was selling captives for money. Such a person is definitely not a prophet! He is a rapist, a pedophile, a murderer and a war criminal!  But muslims still consider him "The perfect man"! It is a shame in the 21st century for so many people to even think he was a good man, let alone a "prophet".

Thisfuckenlife's picture

Religion itself is just for those not smart enough to overcome their fear of death anyways.

LoveTruth's picture

Quran and Muhamad do not love you, if you do not believe in either one of them. If you oppose Muhamad, you must be killed. Quran gives and instruction for the infidels to be killed too. 


Those who oppose Muhammad will be severely punished by Allah/God:8:13“That is because they opposed Allah and His Messenger. And whoever opposes Allah and His Messenger – indeed, Allah is severe in penalty.”Kill the Infidels:2 :191“And kill them (non-Muslims) wherever you overtake them.”No Contact with Disbelievers:5:57"

HK21E's picture

This is most upsetting...that he didn't procure a bigger truck. 

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

Finsbury Park mosque is the one name that keeps coming up in reference to hate preaching, a considered attack by the van driver; into the Hornet's nest!!

Thisfuckenlife's picture

It's tough when you suddenly have to confront terrorism and for once it's not being done by your side

ANiceDepolorable's picture

It was just a matter of time before some dumb-assed "yob" decided to hit back.  Of course, he hit nice people.  The dumbass took the Islamist terror bait, and hit back at non-Islamist muslims, which is predicted in the Islamist playbook as a step in their domination plan.  The exploding muslims want to gin up hate and violence against their own side, so that they don't assimilate and instead turn toward the jihad side.  It is a sick, triple psych-out strategy.

HK21E's picture

Sorry - you can only turn the other cheek so many times against these animals. 

RenoCarlino's picture

Of course. Any retaliation against Muslim terror attacks will just give the Cultural marxist government even more justification to pass control laws and further restrict them of their rights. It is the government they should be striking out against not the Muslim immigrants.

Swamp Yankee's picture

...rinse repeat...

Herodotus's picture

The helicopter was remotely controlling the van.

zebrasquid's picture

Corbyn will now demand that all upset Muslim males get to sleep with the unused daughters of the wealthy.

smacker's picture

An eye for an eye?

smacker's picture

As always when these incidents happen, we see the Met Police and legacy MSM Daily Slime like Sky News and BBC spending an inordinate amount of time trying to determine whether the incident was a "terrorist attack" or not.

I fail to see any significance in that determination.

Whether it was or not makes little difference to whether the perp was a loner or whether he has accomplices or whether it was pre-planned or anything else.


seewhogivesafuck's picture

lived there in 2011. that mosque entrace was quit scary, they really know how to live in a pretty big mess crowded place. the rest of the place was ok.

dogismycopilot's picture

Funny, everyone is calling this a 'terror' attack yet for all we know the guy had a seizure while driving!

Mustn't jump to conclussions until the facts are in!

Besides, as Mayor Khan told Brits, 'you have to learn to live with these sorts of things!'

dogismycopilot's picture

They were very quick to call this a 'terror' attack, weren't they?

I think this is road rage. The guy was trying to get home after a day of working and clearly the road was blocked.


Jubal Early's picture

I could have made that dent on the front of that van with my fist, and there is no blood.  It was the same in Marseilles and in Berlin.

The dead giveaway here is that the "driver is in custody".  This is a false flag directly against white christians.

Spiro The Greek's picture

If this guy has lost a loved one in a recent terror attack....would that make him a terorrist?

When the attacker is a muslim it takes 48 hours to be anounced and its always "mentaly ill"..yet MSM already uses the word Islamophobic.

SHsparx's picture

US military just shot down a Syrian jetfigh... Forget that! Look over there! Another terrorist attack!

Manipuflation's picture
CRM114's picture

I guess the former girlfriend wasn't the final hole, then? ;)

smacker's picture

And now, on a lighter topic for your reading pleasure. The Guardian says:

"Google and Facebook are the truly chilling spy networks"


Manipuflation's picture

But it is a NEW girlfriend...  I don't do memes but I have to on that one.  Didn't even sign the scorecard and he already has woman problems.  Joe Buck is a fucktard.