Police are treating London deadly van incident near mosque as a terrorist attack

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, authorities say

LONDON (CNN) - UPDATE (June 19, 2017 4:00 A.M.) One person was killed and several injured when a van drove into pedestrians near Finsbury Park Mosque in north London, in the early hours of Monday morning.


What we know

  • Police say one man was pronounced dead at scene. Eight people have been taken to three hospitals.
  • The suspected driver of the van, a 48-year-old man has been arrested, police say.
  • Police say nobody else was in the van. Witnesses told CNN they saw three people exit the vehicle, two of whom fled.
  • Police are treating the collision as a terrorist attack.

 

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A vehicle hit pedestrians in London and there are "a number of casualties being worked on at the scene," according to authorities.

London's Metropolitan Police said officers were called just after midnight Sunday to an incident on Seven Sisters Road. "There has been one person arrested. Inquiries continue. More information will be released when confirmed," police said.

London Ambulance tweeted: "We have sent a number of resources to an incident in Seven Sisters Road. More information will follow when we have it."

Transport for London tweeted that Seven Sisters Road was closed northbound at Hornsey Road and southbound at Rock Street.

CNN national terror analyst Peter Bergen said the neighborhood has a large Muslim population and the nearby mosque has a notorious reputation as a place where Islamist militants used to gather.

Resident Cynthia Vanzella said said she was in bed when she heard people shouting. Vanzella said she went to the window and saw "loads of people gathering" in a corner across the road from her window.

"They were very nervous, shouting very loud, trying desperately to make some signs to a police car that was just passing the road," she told CNN.

"I saw many of them crying, screaming," she said.


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