“These acts of terror, wherever they come from, are utterly repugnant to the vast majority of us”.
Police said they were called just after 12:20 a.m. (2320 GMT) to reports of a collision on Seven Sisters Road, which runs through the Finsbury Park area of the city. “My prayers are with the victims and their families”, read the statement.
Some witnesses at the scene said more than one attacker may have been involved.But the Met said: “At this early stage of this investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police, however the investigation continues”.
The incident happened after worshipers were leaving the Finsbury Park mosque after a prayer service.
Mr Basu said eight people are in hospital and two others were treated at the scene.
– “London is a city of many faiths and many nationalities”.
Metropolitan Police said they were dealing with a “major incident“. Check back for updates.
Prime Minister Theresa May, who was criticised for her reaction to London’s Grenfell Tower fire disaster last week, responded quickly, saying police were treating it as “a potential terrorist attack”.
As news of the attack of the broke, the author was quick to call out some of the “usual newspapers” for their coverage, which referred to the attacker as a “white van driver”, rather than ‘terrorist, ‘ presumably because it was seen to be an attack on Muslims rather than by Islamic extremists.
But Kacimi said there was no need for the community to panic, because police and government officials have been “very, very supportive”.
“This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship”.
Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the van had deliberately swerved into a group of people who were helping a man who was ill and had fallen to the ground. A mob surrounded the man and witnesses said the crowd began attacking him.
The incident follows a string of attacks in recent months in England.
May, speaking outside the prime minister’s residence, said the incident was “every bit as sickening” as prior attacks in Britain. “Immediately after the incident, people were praying for the victims of the attack”. He was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
“While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the bad attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect”. It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.
► May 22, Manchester: A suicide bomber killed 22 people after a concert by USA pop star Ariana Grande just outside the venue. “These were people just trying to practice their religion, 10 days before the end of the holy month of Ramadan”.
In March, a man plowed a rented SUV into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing four people before stabbing a police officer to death outside Parliament.