London vehicle hits pedestrians, police say 'number of casualties'

Police treating van attack on worshippers near mosque as terrorism

According to witnesses, the man shouted: "I want to kill Muslims". Three Islamic extremists who carried out the attack were killed by police. "Shortly after police cordoned the area", said BBC producer Abdirahim Saeed, who was tweeting from the scene.

Witnesses said they saw the van plow into people who had attended evening prayers at the Muslim Welfare House, The Telegraph reported.

In 2015, the mosque was one of around 20 that took part in an open day organised by the MCB to promote better understanding of Islam following Islamist-inspired terrorist attacks in Paris.

But he was overpowered by bystanders and detained until police arrived. "My friends told me there were two other guys with him but they caught the driver", said Warfa.

The police later praised a local imam, Mohammed Mahmoud, for urging people not to harm the attacker.

"When he went into the [police] van he made gestures, he was laughing".

One man died at the scene and 10 people were injured.

Describing the scene, he said there were people lying in the street, several with blood on their heads.

"Reassurance they are free to practise their faith, they are free to walk about the streets, and people must be able to do that", he said.

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

Police said the 48-year-old man who was driving the van has been arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Eight people have been taken to hospital. He will be given a mental health evaluation.

Police have also denied rumours that a knife was involved. In March, a lone attacker drove his auto into people on Westminster Bridge, then fatally stabbed a police officer at the gates of Parliament.

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".

"During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship".

Mohammed Kozbar said the attack early Monday morning was no different than the recent attacks on London Bridge and Manchester Arena and said the Muslim community is "in shock". "He did what he did deliberately to hit and kill as many Muslims as possible, so he is a terrorist".

The attack unfolded as Muslims finished nighttime prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.

"This investigation is ongoing, and we are working fast to know the full details of how and why it took place".

One resident told the Press Association he jumped out of the way as the van struck pedestrians.

Usain Ali, 28, who was nearby, said he heard a bang and ran for his life.

He said: "He just came into all of us". There was a lot of people ...

"I woke up to the news, I was quite shocked".

"There were bodies around me".

Britain has seen two other attacks this year. The suspect reportedly said "I did my bit" after he stopped struggling for escape.

"We found that a group of people quickly started to collect around him, around the assailant and some tried to hit him either with kicks or punches. Some of them were very bad". He was trying to run away but people overpowered him.

Pictures of the van indicated it was rented from Pontyclun Van Hire, northwest of Cardiff.

The site of the incident is close to another mosque near the Finsbury Park on the same road.

In the aftermath of the attack, some observers suggested that anti-Muslim screeds in the British tabloids and on social networks could have incited the attacker to violence. The suspect - clean-shaven and wearing a white shirt - is seen struggling for purchase as the crowd tries to restrain him.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd described it as an appalling incident, and said new funding for security at religious sites had recently been arranged.

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