Update, 4:00 a.m., June 19: The BBC reports that a man has died and 10 people have been injured after a van mounted the pavement and struck a group of people outside the Muslim Welfare Center near London’s Finsbury Park Mosque.
The Guardian reports that the Metropolitan Police have arrested the driver of the van, identified as a 48-year-old male, on suspicion of murder. All victims were Muslim.
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed to Sky News that police were treating the attack as a “suspected terrorist event.”
Original story: London is once again reeling from a horrific attack after a vehicle rammed into pedestrians on Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park early Monday morning.
Metropolitan Police say that they’ve arrested one suspect and report there are “a number of casualties being worked on at the scene.”
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 19, 2017
London Ambulance has also tweeted a message stating they’ve “sent a number of resources to an incident in Seven Sisters Road” and that they’ll share more details as they acquire more information.
We have sent a number of resources to an incident in Seven Sisters Road. More information will follow when we have it.
— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) June 18, 2017
According to BuzzFeed News, the UK Muslim Council of Britain has tweeted that the attack appears to have targeted worshippers at a local mosque.
— MCB (@MuslimCouncil) June 19, 2017
“We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left #FinsburyPark mosque,” the Muslim Council tweeted from its official handle. “Our prayers are with the victims.”
BuzzFeed News also reported that the incident took place near the Finsbury Park Mosque, “where prayers were scheduled to be held shortly before 11 p.m.” Muslims are currently celebrating Ramadan, the 29-day holiday which ends this year on June 24.
— ABC News (@ABC) June 19, 2017
At this time, authorities have not released a clear explanation of the night’s tragic events, which are the latest in a string of violence and horror in England, with terror attacks at a concert in Manchester and on a London bridge and a horrific blaze at Grenfell Tower Apartment that has reportedly killed at least 58 people.
Updates and more information to follow throughout the night.
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