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

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.


GUS100CORRINA BullyDog Sun, 06/18/2017 - 20:41 Permalink

Since this event occured in England, the text I previouslY prepared below appears to fit this situation very well.JC Ryle, an English theologian in the late 1800s, had some serious convictions about government and about the worship of God and about the law of God, and he said, “If England separates God from the state, England will be destroyed morally, religiously, ethically, and in every other way.” It is today an absolute wasteland, spiritually speaking. You drive a massive wedge between the state and the church, you’re going to end up with modern Europe in the United States. Is that progress? Is there any sense in which the government welcoming millions of Muslims into their historically Christian traditional countries is not going to result in chaos? Because now you have the collision of a traditional Christian morality, a very different Muslim morality, and a fast-developing immorality. Everything is out of control. 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.I would appear England is in a bad place.

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Oldwood TahoeBilly2012 Sun, 06/18/2017 - 22:10 Permalink

All responses are the desired responses. ISIS has publicly stated that their attacks are intended to motivate backlash that they see as necessary to bolster their numbers. The calculation is that their radicals will multiply much faster than the domestic in their child births. And they are betting heavily that the progressive government will willing sacrifice their own rather than abandon their ideology. True believers ALWAYS accept suicide as fitting tribute to their religion. It is yet to be seen if progressivism is more self destructive than Islam.

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BigJim Richard Chesler Mon, 06/19/2017 - 08:12 Permalink

 There are no innocent muslims. At the very least they're all pedophile worshipers.Oh really? How does this sound: There are no innocent Westerners. At the very least they're all paying taxes that pay for the bombs that kill large numbers of Muzzies.I should add that the Old Testament Jews and early Christians were also "pedophiles" by today's standards.Fuck off, Chiseler.

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MK13 MillionDollarBonus_ Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:23 Permalink

This is a failure of U.K. govt to do what's right for its citizens and protect them by not bringing a ton of non integrating immigrants in. End result - U.K. Residents will in some cases take care of the problems themselves. The tit for tat will assure that polarization continues - and will show multiculti is dead.

You think Central Europe, Russia, AU, NZ, or SE Asia aren't paying attention?

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Sanity Bear Oldwood Sun, 06/18/2017 - 23:06 Permalink

I can pretty much guarantee that the West finally coming to recognize that every Muslim within is an existential threat - each to the individual, man, woman and child, for the sole reason that they keep alive (even if by name only) this creed that would forever condemn humanity to a fate worse than extinction - is NOT on the agenda of the Deep State or any moon-worshipper.

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el buitre Oldwood Sun, 06/18/2017 - 23:59 Permalink

If these Deep State crisis actors work over 40 hours a week, do they get time and a half?  How does it work in a union shop production in Tinseltown?Seven Sisters Road?  The Seven Sisters are the Pleaides star system - pursued by (the) Orion (Empire).  They can't resist a little sprinkling of the occult in their production.

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rrrr Oldwood Mon, 06/19/2017 - 09:30 Permalink

Add to this the fact that rulers generally do not perceive any particular interest in whether the people they rule are of their own kind, or of some other kind, that it would be just as acceptable to a king or president, generally, that he or she rule over a nation of genetically different people, than over a nation of people genetically similar to themselves. And you have a situation in which leaders of nations such as our do not really care whether we survive as a people or not, just as long as they themselves continue to rule. This is especially true in Uk, since for many centuries the population there have been consciously divided between those who came to the British Isles with William the conquerer in 1066, and those who were there already. These distinctions are still meaningful there.

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Endgame Napoleon Oldwood Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:34 Permalink

Prosperous societies do not have high birth rates (none of them). The least affluent, or the least middle-class, countries on Earth are the ones where women have a bunch of kids, and this applies to the period of maximum, broad, middle-class prosperity in America as well.

During the period of post-WII prosperity, America was much less populous than today and selling into fewer global markets, with far far less production done abroad. Back then, the ideal birth rate was 2.5 kids. That was the nuclear family ideal of the era when mothers stayed home with their kids, rather than flooding the workforce with workers and reducing the value of labor.

As in all middle-class, affluent societies, most of these educated women still did not have a bunch of kids. They just used their educations, in most cases, to raise more capable kids, but not to produce kid after kid after kid, financing it via welfare / taxfare.

That is the progressive plan to save retirement funds, rather than just insisting that Elites do not offshore millions of jobs, bleeding the retirement system of contributors, not to mention the fact that the SS cap in set at $127,000. And all employees, as opposed to the self-employed who pay twice as much SS tax, pay only a little over 7.5%.

But whether or not they keep flooding the West with immigrants, and paying their monthly bills and handing them Child Taxfare Checks of up to $6,269 the more they have sex and procreate, just as they do with the citizen single moms, automation-based underemployment is going to erode the retirement systems. Here is what sustains the non-freebie, non means-tested programs: adult HUMAN employees, not babies whose parents are paid per child produced.

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BigJim HedgeJunkie Mon, 06/19/2017 - 08:15 Permalink

 Turn about is fair play muzzles.So, it was the same Muzzies who committed atrocities who were the targets here?If you think this is OK, then presumably you think it's OK for Muzzie terrorists to kill random Westerners, seeing as other Westerners have been killing Muzzies in huge numbers all over MENA.

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land_of_the_few HedgeJunkie Mon, 06/19/2017 - 04:37 Permalink

Finsbury Park Mosque links to radical Islamic terrorismFINSBURY PARK Mosque, which has a history of links to terrorism worldwide, has tried in recent years to change its image to the outside world under new management.The mosque, which is housed in a five-storey building next to Finsbury Park tube station in the London borough of Islington in north London, was opened in 1994 in a ceremony attended by Prince Charles.The mosque became notorious when Abu Hamza al-Masri became the imam in 1997. Hamza, who had one eye and no hands and used hook devices, lied that the injuries were suffered when he fought for al-Qaeda against Russian forces in Afghanistan. the early 1990s, Hamza lived in Bosnia under another name, and fought alongside Bosniaks against Serbs and Croats during the Bosnian War.During his trial in the United States, Hamza stated that his injuries occurred whilst working with explosives with the Pakistani military in LahoreThe mosque became a meeting point for militant Islam’s most notorious figures. Zacarias Moussaoui, 9/11’s alleged 20th hijacker, and shoe bomber Richard Reid, were among those to attend the mosque.…

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EddieLomax yarpos Mon, 06/19/2017 - 09:23 Permalink

Even worse this was clearly a badly thought out attack.If I wanted to kill a large number of Muslims I wouldn't hire a van and then drive into a city full of camera's to try and run someone down and then hope you can get away.Really braindead planning.  If he wanted to really kill a load of Muslims and get away with it then he'd be catching people away from busy city centres, or in quiet spots.  Take that Saudi woman in the hijab, got stabbed and they never did find the killer - random acts of violence without witnesses or evidence are bloody hard to solve, this needed to be a suicide mission, instead he seems like a crazy guy who just flipped.

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EddieLomax yarpos Mon, 06/19/2017 - 09:23 Permalink

Even worse this was clearly a badly thought out attack.If I wanted to kill a large number of Muslims I wouldn't hire a van and then drive into a city full of camera's to try and run someone down and then hope you can get away.Really braindead planning.  If he wanted to really kill a load of Muslims and get away with it then he'd be catching people away from busy city centres, or in quiet spots.  Take that Saudi woman in the hijab, got stabbed and they never did find the killer - random acts of violence without witnesses or evidence are bloody hard to solve, this needed to be a suicide mission, instead he seems like a crazy guy who just flipped.

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