What we know so far about the Finsbury Park attack
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A van drove into pedestrians near a north London mosque on Monday morning, killing one man and injuring eight in a “potential terrorist attack” believed to be motivated by Islamophobia. What happened? The incident occurred in Seven Sisters road, north London at around 12:20am, outside the Muslim Welfare House. Worshippers attending Ramadan prayers had been emerging from the Finsbury Park mosque when the vehicle struck. Who was driving the van? The 48-year old van driver, described by witnesses as a large white man, was held by members of the public before being arrested by police. The injured have been taken to three different hospitals, and two were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Metropolitan Police officers said. Police said the driver has been taken to hospital “as a precaution” and will undergo a mental health assessment. A witness, who wanted to be identified as Abdulrahman, which is not his real name, told the Press Association the driver said “I want to kill Muslims” before being held down by members of the public. Another shocked witness told the Press Association he jumped out of the van’s path as it ploughed into conversing bystanders. The vehicle was hired from Pontyclun van Hire near Cardiff, images show.
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