Several injured after van hits pedestrians in north London

Police are responding to reports of a van colliding with pedestrians outside a mosque in London, an incident officials said has resulted in “a number of casualties”.London’s Metropolitan Police said officers were called just after midnight Sunday to an incident on Seven Sisters Road.”There has been one person arrested”, the police service adds.”We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque”.Britain is on edge after a series of recent attacks involving vans, including one earlier this month, when Islamic militants mowed down eight people.”At that moment in time, basically a van swerved into them deliberately”, he said, citing a witness at the scene.There were no reports of anyone suffering knife injuries, police said. “People are reporting of several injured, some fatalities”.Police described it as a “major incident”.The Finsbury Park Mosque opened in 1994 and became a hotbed of Islamist militants, including Zacarias Moussaoui, a Frenchman convicted of conspiring to kill Americans as part of the September 11, 2001, attacks, and Richard Reid, who attempted to down a USA jetliner in late 2001 with explosives packed in his shoes.British Prime Minister Theresa May said an emergency response meeting will be held today, according to the Telegraph.Five people were killed in the attack. In 2015, the mosque’s former imam, Mostafa Kamel Mostafa, was sentenced to life in prison in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on 11 terrorism-related charges.”This was an attack on London and all Londoners and we should all stand together against extremists whatever their cause”, Neil Basu, Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism, said.Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted that he was “totally shocked”.On March 22, a man drove a rented vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead.They killed eight people before being shot dead by police.