Seven injured in van ramming incident in north London

Seven injured after van crashes into group of Muslims in north London terrorist attack
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19 June, 2017
Several ambulances were dispatched to Seven Sisters Road, just after midnight on Monday morning, after a hire van crashed into a group of Muslims.
Police arrived at the scene quickly [Anadolu]
At least seven people were injured just after midnight on Monday morning after a hire van crashed into a group of people outside the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park, north London.

Metropolitan Police confirmed a man was arrested at the scene near Finsbury Park mosque on Seven Sisters Road.

One eyewitness told Buzzfeed News the attacker jumped out of the van with a knife, shouting "I'm going to kill all Muslims".

"We managed to get him to the floor and held him down, then he said: 'kill me, kill me'.

A police officer at the scene confirmed the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack.

"Police were called just after 0020hrs 18 June to reports of a vehicle in collision with pedestrians," the police said in a statement.

People at the scene told reporters they held the man on the ground for thirty minutes before the police arrived.

The van crashed into a group of Muslims as they were leaving Taraweeh prayers at Finsbury Park mosque.

An eyewitness told LBC radio the attack resembled "something from a horror movie, everyone running everywhere".

Another eyewitness reported that bystanders "confronted" the van driver and "held him down until police came".

"I've counted 7 injured. 3 are seriously injured," tweeted one Twitter user called 'Didier'.

The van used in the attack was connected to a hire company based in Mid Glamorgan, south Wales - a three hour drive from north London.