A van hit a crowd of Muslim worshippers near a mosque in north London, leaving one man killed and at least eight people were injured and transported to the hospital.
A 48-year-old man was detained by the public and then jailed on suspicion of attempted murder, according to London’s Metropolitan police.
“No matter what the motivation for this attack proves to be, we are keeping an open mind. This is being treated as a terrorist attack and the Counter-Terrorism Command is investigating.” said Neil Basu, senior national coordinator for terrorism.
The investigations carried out by the Counter-Terrorism Command revealed that there was only one man in the van who carried the can attack, which was labelled by Muslim Council of Britain as a “terror attack”.
Eyewitnesses reported that the man found killed at the scene was already receiving first aid.
Basu said that it was unclear whether the man killed because of the attack. However, the injured people were sent to hospitals; they included two who were seriously injured
Basu said investigations unveiled that the attack was carried out by only one terrorist, despite eyewitnesses’ claims implying that there were two more terrorists who ran away amid the attack.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan labelled the incident a “horrific terror attack.” The assault came as a response to another attack at London Bridge, in which a van ploughed pedestrians and three men went on a stabbing rampage at nearby bars and restaurants, killing eight people.
“We don’t yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.” Khan said.
The Driver Detained
The van was at high speed along Seven Sisters Road, CNN reports.
Abdikadir Warfa, who is an eyewitness, said, “I saw a man, he was underneath the van.” Warfa said.
Warfa said many of the people who were on the street at that time were praying late-night Taraweeh prayers, a prayer practiced by Muslims over the night in Ramadan, at Finsbury Park Mosque.
He also added that there were many members of the public managed to detain the terrorist, despite his attempts to run away.
“The man tried to escape. My friends told me there were two other guys with him but they caught the driver,” said Warfa.