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One killed and 10 injured after van ploughs into worshippers leaving mosque in Seven Sisters Road

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Evening Standard

by Tess de la Mare, Alexander Britton, Jason Collie

One man was killed and 10 others injured after a van was driven into worshippers near Finsbury Park mosque in a suspected terrorist attack.

Dozens of people had just finished prayers at the mosque when the vehicle crashed into pedestrians in Seven Sisters Road at about 12.15am on Monday.

One man has been arrested and the Metropolitan Police has confirmed that one man has died and that Counter Terrorism officers are investigating the attack.

Witnesses said people were also attacked by a knife-wielding man but the Met said there had been no reports of anyone suffering stab wounds.

Prime Minister Theresa May said it was being treated as "a potential terrorist attack" and that she would hold a Cobra committee emergency meeting later on Monday.

The nature of the attack drew immediate parallels with the London Bridge atrocity two weeks ago, in which eight innocent people were killed.

Bystanders wrestled a suspect to the floor. Officers on patrol nearby were at the scene within seconds and made one arrest.

A white man with black hair was seen being detained by police officers.

The victims are believed to be Muslims who had been breaking fast at a cafe next to the mosque following late-night prayers observed during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "One man was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers are in the process of informing next of kin.

"A post mortem examination will be scheduled due course.

"Eight people injured were taken to three separate hospitals; two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

"At this stage there are no reports of any persons having suffered any knife injuries."

Read more: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/finsbury-park-number-of-casualties-after-vehicle-strikes-pedestrians-on-seven-sisters-road-a3567741.html