Numerous victims had just left evening prayers at the Muslim Welfare House after breaking the Ramadan fast.
Abdul Rahman, an eyewitness, told the BBC that the driver said he wanted to “kill all Muslims“.
Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the crash is being investigated as a terrorist attack and said her thoughts were with those who had been hurt in “this bad incident”. “There were at least 300 people in the mosque praying, and everyone was panicking, everyone was screaming”.
A European anti-discrimination network on Monday called on EU member states to take “urgent” action against growing Islamophobia across Europe following a recent attack on a London mosque.
“My officers were on the scene nearly immediately, and other uniformed and specialist officers quickly arrived to support them”.
In a statement, police said eight people were hospitalized while two others were treated at the scene.
“We are working hard to protect all communities and the public will see additional officers patrolling across the city and at Muslim places of worship”.
Police said the old man had died, but it was not clear if his death was directly linked to the attack. Eight people were killed and 50 injured on June 3 when three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars.
The police statement does not mention Osborne by name. Then we managed to get him on the floor, and he was saying: “oh kill me, kill me”.
Today’s attack his is the fourth terror attack in the United Kingdom in four months, after incidents in Westminster, Manchester and on London Bridge.
The van ramming attack at a mosque in London is “a painful illustration of why we must never allow hatred to breed hatred”, Britain’s chief rabbi said. “An attack on one community is an attack on all of us”. It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.
Prime Minister Theresa May said that her thoughts were with the victims and their families, and that she would chair a Cobra emergency cabinet meeting this morning. The attack hits a community already feeling targeted in the fallout from the London Bridge killings and other attacks blamed on Islamic extremists.
Basu said that it was unclear whether the man killed because of the attack.