Finsbury Park Mosque: ‘Pontyclun Van Hire’ on vehicle
The van which ploughed into pedestrians near a north London mosque belonged to a Welsh firm, it has been reported.
One man has died and eight people have been injured after being hit on a pavement near Finsbury Park Mosque.
PA are reporting the van had the words Pontyclun Van Hire on it – a firm based in Rhondda Cynon Taff.
The van driver, a 48-year-old man, has been arrested and Prime Minister Theresa May said it was being treated “as a potential terrorist attack”.
The van mounted the pavement and struck a group of people just after midnight on Seven Sisters Road.
The Metropolitan Police said the arrested man had been apprehended by members of the public.
He has been taken to hospital as a precaution and will be taken into custody once discharged, a spokesman added.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said a van intentionally ran over worshippers.
Many of the victims are believed to have just left evening prayers at the Muslim Welfare House after breaking the Ramadan fast.
The MCB said it was a “violent manifestation of Islamophobia” and called for extra security around mosques.
Some witnesses at the scene – near Finsbury Park Station and Arsenal’s Emirates stadium – said more than one attacker may have been involved.
But the Met said: “At this early stage of this investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police, however the investigation continues.”
Counter terrorism officers are at the scene and extra police are being deployed to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said.
Mrs May said: “All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene.”