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London Finsbury Park mosque terrorist attack on Muslims by man driving van into pedestrians

LONDON — A man slammed a van into a crowd of worshipers leaving a London mosque after midnight Ramadan prayers on Sunday morning in what Prime Minister Theresa May has called “another terrorist attack” in the British capital.

CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports one person died at the scene, but police said it was unclear whether his death resulted directly from the vehicle attack.

Ten other people were injured by the van driver, and police were investigating the crash as a terrorist attack.

The driver, identified by May only as a 48-year-old white male, tried to run away but was held by onlookers until officers arrived.  

Those targeted in the attack were leaving the local Finsbury Park Mosque and the neighboring Muslim Welfare House, another community Islamic center, just after midnight following Ramadan prayers.

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.”

Another witness, Khalid Amin, told the BBC that as members of the public seized the driver, “he was shouting, ‘all Muslims, I want to kill all Muslims.’ Literally, he said that. Word by word.”

Many people at the scene credited the Imam of the Muslim Welfare House, Mohammed Mahmoud, with calming the situation as bystanders held the suspect before police arrived. Mahmoud was heard trying to protect the van driver from some in the crowd who had directed their anger at him.  

Muslims pray on a sidewalk in the Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehichle hit pedestrians, June 19, 2017.


One man was pronounced dead at the scene and eight more were taken to three separate hospitals with injuries. Two other people were treated at the scene for minor injuries but walked away. 

Police later said it was unclear whether the deceased man might have died of an unrelated condition or injuries, as…

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