New Delhi: In yet another tragic incident, a van struck a crowd of pedestrians near a north London mosque, leaving one dead and eight others injured. Following the incident, near Finsbury Park Mosque in Seven Sisters Road, the driver of the vehicle was arrested.
Describing it as “terrible incident”, the UK Prime Ministert Theresa May said, “All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene.”
“I will chair an emergency meeting later this morning. All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene,” the Prime Minister added.
“There are a number of casualties being worked on at the scene. There has been one person arrested,” police said in a statement. Calling it a major incident, the police said that they are investigating if it was accidental or deliberate. Sky News quoted a witness saying, “At least ten people were hit by the van.”
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 after breaking the Ramadan fast. Taking to Twitter, MCB posted,”We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left Finsbury Park Mosque. Our prayers are with the victims.”
Harun Khan, the head of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), tweeted, “Shocked and outraged to hear a van has intentionally run over worshippers leaving Ramadan night prayers on Seven Sisters Road Finsbury Park.”
According to the leading portal The Independent, the video that captured that incident showed injured people motionless on the pavement as angry crowds surrounded a white man believed to be the driver. London’s transport authority said on Twitter that the Seven Sisters road had been closed due to an “emergency services incident”.
The London Ambulance Service was responding to the incident.
Talking to IANS, London Ambulance Service deputy director of operations Kevin Bate said: “We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist responses teams to the scene. “An advance trauma team from London’s Air Ambulance has also been dispatched by car,” he added.
Earlier this month, three knife-wielding Islamist attackers unleashed a terror rampage in the British capital, plowing a van into pedestrians on the London Bridge before stabbing revellers in a nearby market, killing seven people.
(With inputs from agencies)