Van Plows Into Pedestrians Near London Mosque
Tragedy struck Monday morning when a van plowed into a group of Muslim worshippers as they were leaving prayers at a pair of north London mosques. The incident left one person dead and injured 10 others.
Witnesses said the driver of the vehicle was heard shouting that he wanted to kill Muslims.
“This is being treated as a terrorist attack,” Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu told reporters. He added that the driver of the van was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the incident saying it was being treated as a “potential” terrorist incident and that she would chair an emergency meeting later on Monday.
Police commended locals for their bravery and restraint in detaining the driver.
Eyewitnesses say they were attending to an elderly man who had collapsed on the ground when they suddenly saw a man in a van driving “straight into us.”
When the driver of the van jumped out of the vehicle and tried to run “I tackled him on the floor until the police came,” an eyewitness told the BBC. “When he was running, he said ‘I want to kill more people, I want to kill more Muslims,’” he said.
“When I got him on the ground, I said, ‘Why are you doing this?’ He said, ‘I want to kill more Muslims.’”
London Mayor, Sadiq Khan has described the incident as “a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners.”
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