1 person is dead and several others injured after a man drove through a crowd of praying Muslims.
According to eyewitnesses the 48yr-old unnamed man deliberately drove onto the pavement. After committing the crime, he jumped out of the vehicle and shouted ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims – I did my bit’.
The incident happened outside of north London’s Muslim Welfare House, not far from the Finsbury Park Mosque.
As the attacker attempted to flee the scene a group of Muslim worshipers chased him down and were filmed detaining the suspect and dragging him along the road.
The mosque’s imam Mohammed Mahmoud described what happened to the one victim killed: ‘The deceased had collapsed and people came to tend to him, they brought him a chair.
‘As he regained consciousness, the van drove perpendicular to seven sisters road, he drove at a 90 degree angle to the direction of the road – it was enough to make some people fly off under the side.
‘He dragged two people underneath him, one said they were worried he might be paralysed because he could not feel his arms and legs’.
He added: ‘We found the assailant on the floor. He had been restrained by about three people. The injured and the deceased’s brother were being tended to.
‘We found a group of people quickly started to collect around the assailant.
‘Some tried to hit and punch and kick him. By God’s grace we managed to surround him and protect him from any harm.’
The suspect in the attack near Finsbury Park Mosque was not known to the security services, Security Minister Ben Wallace has said.
The incident is being treated as a terror attack.
One victim was stuck under the van.
Gathered together, the crowd was able to lift the car and remove the trapped victim.