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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Robert Trip's picture

"A Van for a Van."

shadow54's picture

FROM THE MIRROR AND MAIL- A suspect screamed "I'm going to kill all Muslims" before he was tackled to the floor, according to a witness.


The attack unfolded while a man was already receiving first aid at the scene. This man died and detectives are now investigating if his death was linked to the attack.


An eyewitness told the BBC: "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."


The 32-year-old told the Press Association: "There were a lot of people in the street, crossing the street, going to mosque for prayers, for forgiveness, just to pray and go home and eat. "They are doing their usual daily routine - they did not expect a van coming out of nowhere hitting them.


Andrew, a courier who did not wish to give his surname, said he saw three people on the floor and at least one of them appeared to be in Muslim dress.


The man, who did not want to be named, said: "The gentleman went straight down this road, people were just conversing, talking, just doing what we're doing.


"At this stage there are no reports of any persons having suffered any knife injuries."


Dramatic footage emerged from the scene showing the suspect - who was described as looking 'indifferent' and 'like he didn't care' 


‘He hit almost a wall and fences at the end of the road because it was a dead road. So people grabbed him outside and starting hitting him,' he added. 


'He wanted to run away and was saying, "I want to kill Muslims",' he said.


He said: 'The driver jumped out and then he was pinned down to the floor and people were punching him and beating him, which was reasonable because of what he's done.


Shocking eyewitness accounts had earlier revealed how the van raced down the bus lane before swerving down a dead end road and mowing down members of the public. 


Spiro The Greek's picture

I SAY...Run a fundraiser for this guy's future legal expences and watch the millions fron all over the Christian world pouring in.

bogbeagle's picture

I don't think we know his name or religious affiliation, just yet.


I've seen a pic of the guy ... he could be Jewish ... he has that look about his features. Who knows?


Might also be a good time to promote Jury Nullification to the masses.


In any event, this is how politics is conducted in much of the MENA. A wise man might get his family out of London, while his home still has some market value.... there's gonna be retaliation and escalation, without a doubt.

Glyndwr will return's picture

My thoughts too. London house prices should now plummet as people realise not only that there is no "we" in this country anymore but that the mob is now sufficient to chase away prime ministers and boo the Queen. New red lines are being crossed every day in the UK. Only a fool would live in a large British city from here on.

Land Snark's picture

"there's gonna be retaliation and escalation, without a doubt."

Which is why this has all the makings of a false flag. the tower fire and two others in three days and now this all inside of a week. I dunno....something doesn't smell right.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Enough with the pedestrian derby in the name of Allah!


Ethnic shitholes are nice places to read about online, but not to visit in real life.

Robert Trip's picture

Nobody can touch the Israelis. as far as using motorized vehicles to run down people.

Their armored bulldozers don't stop for nothing.

YHWH is greater's picture

Where can we buy some of those dream machines ?

Sudden Debt's picture

This is clearly just a simple accident.

and suddenly... it's rascist....

when muslims kill westeners, it's "A MISSUNDERSTANDING"

well... this was just a "whoopsie"

quasi_verbatim's picture

Blowback on blowback. Here's a howdedo.

Centerist's picture

There are two major problems with the public debate surrounding this incident.

First of all, terming this as just a simple matter of "Islamophobia" is likely to alienate the non-Muslim public even further than many of them surely already feel in London.  They are in an environment where they are being attacked by Islamic extremists much more frequently, while their government spends more time trying to "avoid jumping to conclusions" than acknowledging that they have a major security issue that was self-inflicted.  Sure, it makes sense that they would want to try and prevent tit-for-tat events and avoid their own sectarian conflicts, but their current methods make them sound like they are taking sides against the non-Muslims who are becoming increasingly restive.

Second of all, acknowledging that sectarian warfare is something to be avoided as stated earlier, the use of the term "Islamophobia" is a term that casts all Muslims as members of a victim group.  We never hear the term "Christophobia" or "Europhobia" used against Islamic terrorists, and that is because even though those typically are their targets, the media wouldn't want to imply that Muslims are actually simply against Western values.  

Not all Muslims are simply against Western values, and the media takes great pains to avoid giving the impression that they are.  It, therefore, stands to reason that they should avoid painting non-Muslims with a broad brush by using the term "Islamophobia."  In doing so, they are giving the impression that any non-Muslims who discuss this security and cultural assimilation problem as just bigots.  Attacking any random group of Muslims is as bad as when an Islamic Extremist attacks a random group of non-Muslims, but the authorities and their media lackeys need to change the way they treat each type of attack.  When a Westerner attacks a group of Muslims, they discuss how The West is full of intolerant people.  When an extremist atracks a group of Westerners, the debate turns to highlighting how The West has done a poor job of integrating them.

Either the media blames the Western victims when they get hit, or they sooth the victims and castigate everyone else as intolerant when it goes the other way.  They look like they are taking sides.  That is a sure way to exacerbate the situation.  Painting groups with broad brushes is sloppy and typically results in bad outcomes.  So it is bad to categorize all Muslims as terrorists as some individuals might do, and it is bad to categorize The West as Islamophobic as the media does.

They need to be more impartial, of they will breed more resentment.

learnofjesuits's picture

from Albert Pike letter - 1871 :

"The First World War must be brought about in order to permit the Illuminati to overthrow the power of the Czars in Russia and of making that country a fortress of atheistic Communism. The divergences caused by the "agentur" (agents) of the Illuminati between the British and Germanic Empires will be used to foment this war. At the end of the war, Communism will be built and used in order to destroy the other governments and in order to weaken the religions."


"The Second World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences between the Fascists and the political Zionists. This war must be brought about so that Nazism is destroyed and that the political Zionism be strong enough to institute a sovereign state of Israel in Palestine. During the Second World War, International Communism must become strong enough in order to balance Christendom, which would be then restrained and held in check until the time when we would need it for the final social cataclysm." 


"The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the "agentur" of the "Illuminati" between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other.

Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion… We shall unleash the Nihilists and the atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil.

Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with christianity, whose deistic spirits will from that moment be without compass or direction, anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out in the public view.

This manifestation will result from the general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time."

Megaton Jim's picture

Jews and muzzies destroying each other?!? Sounds like a win-win to me!

learnofjesuits's picture

google "Vatican Nervi hall interior photo" and see Pope sitting in a mouth of a big serpent

google "putin hand sign horns" and see gallery of all those politicians (Bush, Obama, Clinton, Putin, Ahmadinejad, Sarkozy, Hollande, Ron Paul, Trump...), famous people, "Alex Jones" - they all work for jesuit Illuminati masonic order

RealityCheque's picture

"islamophobia" implies an irrational fear.

Is it irrational to have a mistrust of  religion that calls for my destruction, that enslaves and subdues women and exalts violence as the most useful tool for negotiation?

Fuck that shit.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

zactly what I was thinking. Islam, by definition is not a religion. Genital mutilation and death to infidels just doesn't cut it as the basis of a religon. Never has and never will.

UndertheDRADIS's picture

It is a totalitarian political, social, and economic ideology masquerading as a religion. This is why the commies love it. They have a religion that is masquerading as a totalitarian political, social, and economic ideology.

YHWH is greater's picture

You got it all wrong, it means islamists are scared shitless of Y T

NickPeeMe's picture

Typical Right Wing Timothy McVeigh style reactionary extremist violence.

HK21E's picture

Typical left wing ankle-grabbing appeasement of the terrorist hoard. 

SummerSausage's picture

McVeigh was an anarchist. Today he would be Antifa - you know, the group paid by the DNC to beat up patriots.

Peter Royce Clayon da Turd's picture

If that is true, than this perpetrator had an official government agent holding his hand all the way to the final deed.

DeaconPews's picture

Islamophobia? How about fucking war. The UK is being invaded and the government wants it that way. Give the guy a medal.

BritBob's picture

A terrorist attack. The guy might as well have been working for ISIS. It is what they would have wanted - to stir up hatred.

HK21E's picture

When did Britannia become a nation of mewling geldings? 

Peter Royce Clayon da Turd's picture

If you believe one of the theories out there, than this makes sense, and that theory is to pit the two largest religions against one another to weaken both. No idea as to when it's the Hindus' and Buddhist's turn.Perhaps after the Scientology-Jehovah's Witness war...

dtb's picture

A lot of "Terror Attacks" happening on PM May's watch. The NWO must be desperate to keep her in power.

pc_babe's picture

What you call 3 Brits in a van that can't hit the broadside of a barn ... drunk.

Aloha Snackbar

gmak's picture

It's "Alan's Snackbar". 

YHWH is greater's picture

No it comes from the French :  @ll@h OU akbar  OU = OR.

They have the choice between following a demon / devil fake god OR greatness.

They made the wrong choice.

YHWH is akbar-er !



pc_babe's picture

the Unmentionable gave Mankind the gift of reason.

Animals can only eat & sh*t.

pc_babe's picture

What do you call a LIB with a rifle and a hit-list at a baseball park ...

UndertheDRADIS's picture

A really bad marksman. More than 50 shots with four hits? It's a good thing these people are the "revolutionaries." The yeoman landowner class will be able to put them down when the time comes that they think they are going to "march on the suburbs." That's MY quarter-acre and you can't have it.

PC kills us all's picture

This attack was probably committed by MI6 with a dual purpose: Kill suspected terrorists, while at the same time, create sympathy for Muslims.  Deep State manipulation at its' best.

esum's picture


overmedicatedundersexed's picture

the elite pols and soros rich nwo types - are never in danger from the promotion of invasion of the west..if the people of west want effective action.. it is at these reptiles where violence must start..

chop the head of the snake and the body dies

dlfield's picture

Maybe refugees are just really, really bad drivers?

SummerSausage's picture

They have to put some reflective tape on those black burqas at night.

SummerSausage's picture

A "phobia" is an irrational fear.

There's nothing irrational of fearing muslims.

gmak's picture

The grammar is wrong in the title. It's "An attack ON terrorists", not "A terrorist attack".  Better proof-reading, please. re-tune your 'bots.

SummerSausage's picture

The driver was a self-radicalized lone wolf.

He became radicalized watching muslim murder sprees on TV.

SummerSausage's picture

When muslims ran over dozens upon dozens of westerners was it labled "Freedomophobia"?

Peter Royce Clayon da Turd's picture

Barack Hussein Obama has just tweeted that it looks like another case of "work place violence". Nothing to see here.

GodSpeed_00's picture

Too bad he didn't kill more of those Muslims trash.

YHWH is greater's picture

He should rent one of these instead of a van :

Killdozer Helicopter News Footage


Just sayin' ...

bogbeagle's picture

This is how politics is conducted in most of the MENA ... by violence in the streets.


It's been wilfully imported ... and, it's never going away.  Inside a decade, London will be like Islamabad.

YHWH is greater's picture

Wrong !  It will be 100 % moslem free in less than 3 years, or I will be greatly disapointed by the Brittons.