Van Plows Into Worshipers Leaving London Mosque

One person was killed and 10 were hurt.According to the Muslim Council of Britain, the van “intentionally ploughed into a group of worshippers who were already tending to someone who had been taken ill”.British security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with official policy, said hate crimes directed at Muslims have increased almost five-fold in the wake of several attacks in Britain.Eyewitnesses interviewed by ABC News said people were gathered outside the mosque after prayers tending to an old man who was having a heart attack when the van drove into them. Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were killed by police.One man has died after the incident and eight people have been taken to hospital.The attack had “all the hallmarks of a terrorist incident”, Basu said.The incident comes at a time when emotions are high in the United Kingdom, in the wake of a series of deadly terrorist attacks.The van rammed into the worshipers on Seven Sisters Road, a busy thoroughfare in Finsbury Park, north London, near a Muslim community center and a mosque. Several of those taken to the hospital were listed as “seriously injured”.Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organization, said that based on eyewitness reports, it seems to be a “deliberate attack against innocent Muslims”. He was also killed by police.”Hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed”, she said.”All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene”, she said.A van struck several worshippers leaving the Finsbury Park mosque early Monday morning after Ramadan prayers.The council tweeted that its prayers were with the victims. Soon, helicopters hovered over the place and later police cars and ambulances rushed to the scene.Toufik Kacimi, chief executive of the nearby Muslim Welfare House, thanked Mr Mahmoud “whose bravery and courage helped calm the immediate situation after the incident and prevented further injuries and potential loss of life”.May said “The early assessment by police is that the attacker acted alone”, and said the attack “every bit as sickening as those that went before” in London and Manchester. “One has been arrested and two ran away”, he added.Sky News reported that police said the incident happened after worshippers were leaving the Finsbury Park mosque after prayers.Police said they were first called shortly after midnight.The mosque’s current leaders say they support inter-faith dialogue and want to serve the nearby community in north London, which is located near Emirates Stadium, home of the Arsenal soccer club.Police, including armed officers, could be seen manning a wide cordon around the area, while others searched the area with sniffer dogs.