An alleged terrorist attack occurred in the early hours of Monday morning when a white 48-year -old man rammed his vehicle into a mosque filled with worshippers in Finsbury, London, killing one and leaving 10 others injured.
The man according to witnesses was heard to have screamed “I’m going to kill all Muslims,” just before the attack on Muslims who were observing their Ramadan prayers in Seven Sisters Road at 12.20am.
The man was then after detained by the public until the police arrived to curtail the situation.
London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has described the incident as a terrorist attack and according to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, the police are treating it as such.
“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,” the Metropolitan police said in a statement.
“He has been taken to hospital as a precaution and will be taken into custody once discharged. He will also be subject of a mental health assessment in due course.”
The driver of the vehicle has since been arrested but according to Neil Basu, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan police it has not yet been determined if the person who died at the scene was as a result of the attack
“At this early stage of this investigation, no other suspects at the scene have been identified or reported to police, however the investigation continues,” the statement read.
The police have said that there were no knife injuries and have confirmed that all the victims are indeed Muslim. Two were treated at the scene of the attack while 8 others were rushed to the hospital for further medical attention.