Police have said that one person has been killed and at least 10 others injured after a white van was rammed into worshippers near a mosque, before the driver is said to have screamed, "I'm going to kill all Muslims".
Authorities stated that the van driver is 48 years of age. As described by witnesses to be a ‘large white man’. He was detained by members of the public and pinned down until police arrived after the incident in Finsbury Park early on Monday.
The white van ploughed into pedestrians, in what London's mayor described as "a horrific terrorist attack", as the area was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers in Seven Sisters Road at 12.20am.
One witness described being “surrounded by bodies in the wake of the attack outside the Muslim Welfare House, yards from Finsbury Park mosque”. Another said, “the attacker shouted about killing Muslims” as he was held by local people.
A 48-year-old man has been arrested by police and the Metropolitan Police said the investigation is being carried out by the Counter-Terrorism Command.
Prime Minister Theresa May, who said the incident was being treated as a "potential terrorist attack", will hold a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee today.
In a video posted online, it depicted a scene of chaos as people tried to help the injured. One man could be seen giving CPR to a victim in the street while another man's head injury was treated with a makeshift dressing.
People could be heard shouting and screaming amid the chaos and bloodstains were visible on the pavement. In one video, a group of men is seen holding the suspect to the ground as they call for the police.
A total of eight people were taken to a hospital and two more were treated for minor injuries at the scene. Those hit and reportedly been helping an elderly Muslim who had fallen down on the pavement.