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‘Number of casualties’ after vehicle strikes London pedestrians

Video posted online of the aftermath of Monday’s attack showed a scene of chaos as people tried to help the injured.He has been taken to hospital as a precaution and is due to receive a mental health assessment.Some have already suggested they suspect the incident was terrorism, though again, authorities have not confirmed that.Someone in the crowd is heard yelling, “No one touch him!””I will chair an emergency meeting later this morning”.Police have not offered any details about the cause of the crash.Witnesses said the incident occurred as Muslims were leaving the mosque after the traditional night prayers in Ramadan called Tarawih – observed nightly throughout the holy month.Police released CCTV footage showing a suspect throwing over the railings what police said was a can filled with petrol. Aidroos said the driver killed one person and injured approximately 10 others but was caught by civilians and handed over to police. “It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia”, he said.A 48-year-old man, believed to be the driver of the van, has been arrested.The van struck a crowd of worshippers leaving a mosque early Monday morning, killing one person and injuring several others. Two others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.Meanwhile, chairman of the mosque at Finsbury Park Mohammed Kozbar tweeted: “Our thoughts and prayers with those who got injured and effected by this cowardly attack in Finsbury Park area, many casualties in the floor”.The investigation of the incident is being carried out by the Counter Terrorism Command, police said.Britain’s terrorist alert has been set at “severe” meaning an attack is highly likely.”At that moment in time, basically a van swerved into them deliberately”, he said, citing a witness at the scene.Anyone an idea what exactly happened? metpoliceuk #finsburypark #sevensisters pic.twitter.com/d4VoQtcJZr- Thomas Van Hulle (Thomasvanhulle) June 18, 2017 Police immediately sealed off the area describing the situation as a “major incident”.The moments after a van ploughed into pedestrians at Finsbury Park. She said the north London community is very diverse, with churches of various faiths within blocks of one another.”This is a bad incident”, she said in an emailed statement.London Ambulance Service tweeted that it was also sending emergency crews to the scene.”I have also spoken with community organisations in the area, local MP Jeremy Corbyn and leader of the council Richard Watts”.The Muslim Council of Britain umbrella group said it expected increased security “as a matter of urgency”.One eyewitness speaking to LBC said the van had hit people on the pavement but had not collided with a building.