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Tragedy hits Londoners again

Written by: mottaman | 19 Jun 2017 11:19
Police officers attend to the scene after a vehicle collided with pedestrians in the Finsbury Park neighbourhood of North London, Britain June 19, 2017. — Reuters
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Tragedy continued to hit Londoners when several people were injured in north London early on Monday when a van rammed into worshipers leaving a mosque, witnesses said, in what British police described as a "major incident".


Reuters,
reported the Muslim Council of Britain saying the vehicle hit people as they were leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque, one of Britain's largest.

The attack comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when people attend prayers at night.

Two worshipers were feared killed, according to the Sun (UK) newspaper, but there was no immediate confirmation of this.

Police said they were called just after 12.20am to reports of a collision on Seven Sisters

Road, which runs through the Finsbury Park area of the city. They said there were a number of casualties and one person had been arrested.

"From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside.

… Everybody was shouting: 'A van’s hit people, a van’s hit people'," one woman who lives opposite the scene told the BBC.

"There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished. I didn’t see the attacker himself, although he seems to have been arrested, but I did see the van."

A man leapt out of the van and stabbed at least one person, the Evening Standard newspaper said, citing witnesses. Reuters could not immediately confirm that report.

The incident follows a series of attacks in Britain in recent months blamed on Islamist militants, the latest just over two weeks ago in which three men drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars, killing eight..

A Reuters witness saw at least one person being loaded into an ambulance. Armed police, ambulances and the fire service were in attendance.

It also follows a series of attacks, including the van-and-knife attack on London Bridge on June 3.

On March 22, a man drove a rented car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead. His attack killed five people.

On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.

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