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London mosque attacker: 'I want to kill all Muslims'

London mosque attacker: 'I want to kill all Muslims'

Police say a suspect was arrested immediately after the attack, which is being treated as a terrorist incident. He added that the driver of the van was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The London mayor said today: "The Metropolitan Police are responding to a horrific terrorist attack on innocent people in Finsbury Park. Their restraint in the circumstances was commendable".

"When I looked back, I thought it was a vehicle accident, but people were shouting, screaming and I realised this was a man choosing to terrorise people who are praying", he told Reuters.

"It appears that a white man in a van intentionally ploughed into a group of worshippers who were already tending to someone who had been taken ill", assistant secretary of the Muslim Council, Miqaad Versi, said.

"He was screaming, he was saying, "I'm going to kill all Muslims, I'm going to kill all Muslims".

"All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene", she said.

"The attack unfolded whilst a man was receiving first aid from the public at the scene", Basu said.

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The alleged attacker, who is believed to have acted alone, struck as the area was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers at the mosque. Police say a vehicle struck pedestrians on the road in north London, leaving several casualties and one person has been arrested.

Footage, obtained by Sky News, shows a man being bundled into the back of police van as onlookers film the incident on their mobile phones.

A man who said he helped tackle the van driver to the ground and hold him there until police arrived said the suspect kept shouting that he "wanted to kill more Muslims".

"People are going to wake up tomorrow.communities from all different backgrounds, and they're going to be in shock to hear worshipers in front of a mosque were attacked in the same way that people were attacked on the London Bridge", he said.

Several witness accounts indicate that the victims were worshippers leaving a mosque in London's Finsbury Park.

The Muslim Council of Britain said Monday's attack was the most violent manifestation of Islamophobia in Britain in recent months, and called for extra security at places of worship.

(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Nichols has offerd prayers for the victims of an attack in Finsbury Park, London.

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"If you were interested in targeting a group of Muslims at a mosque that was notorious, this would be the mosque you would do it at".

The incident was said to have occurred on Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park, according to the BBC.

But another witness at the scene said the attacker did not say anything.

Transportation officials said roads in the area were being closed.

"He turned left into the alleyway, and he just drove at people", eyewitness Abdiqadir Warra told AFP.

"People were just conversing, talking, just doing what we're doing", said the man, who declined to give his name.

"And he just came into all of us".

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