Monday, 19 June 2017

One dead, 10 injured in London Finsbury Park terror attack against Muslim worshippers

One dead, 10 injured in Finsbury Park terror attack against Muslim worshippers
                                                             (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

Police have this morning confirmed that one person died during a terror attack outside a Muslim welfare centre in Finsbury Park, North London.
The victim died after a van ploughed into a group of worshippers who had just broken their Ramadan fast.

However, this morning, police said that he was already receiving first aid from members of the public.
It is not yet known if his death was caused by the attack, Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu said.
Ten people have been injured in the incident which is being investigated by counter terror police.
Eight of those who were injured were taken to three separate hospitals in the area and two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
A 48-year-old man has been arrested and was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Scotland Yard confirmed that he would undergo a mental health assessment in due course, a standard procedure for investigations of this kind.
One witness described being surrounded by bodies in the wake of the incident outside the Muslim Welfare House in Seven Sisters Road at 12.20am on Monday.

Police confirmed that there have been no reports of anybody suffering knife injuries.
The suspect pinned to the floor by people at the scene and later arrested by police before being taken to police.

Theresa May said police are treating the van incident near Finsbury Park ‘as a potential terrorist attack’, adding: ‘I will chair an emergency meeting later this morning.
‘All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene.’
London Ambulance Service deputy director of operations Kevin Bate said ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist response teams were sent to the scene.

Initial reports suggested that there were two people killed in the incident, but police later confirmed that one person had died.
The Evening Standard reported that a man armed with a knife jumped out of the van stabbed at least one person. However, police later confirmed that nobody had been treated for knife injuries.

There had also been reports that three people were involved in the attack, but police said: ‘At this early stage of this investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police, however the investigation continues.’
They said that the investigation is being carried out by the Counter Terrorism Command and extra resources have been deployed to reassure people observing Ramadan.
Police said in a statement this morning: ‘The driver of the van – a man aged 48 – was found detained by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police in connection with the incident.

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One dead, 10 injured in Finsbury Park terror attack against Muslim worshippers
Forensics officers near the van used in the attack (Picture: Getty)

One dead, 10 injured in Finsbury Park terror attack against Muslim worshippers
A van from a welsh van hire company is believed to have been used in the attack (Picture: 999London/Caters)

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