London police are investigating a suspected terror attack and have arrested a 48 year old on suspicion of attempted murder after a van was driven into a crowd of people on a London street near a mosque in Finsbury Park. Eyewitnesses have said the man got out of the vehicle and shouted “I want to kill all Muslims”.
One died during the attack and 10 were injured, but it is unclear whether the death was caused directly by the van ploughing into the crowd. Police said in a statement overnight that all the victims of the attack were from the Muslim faith.
Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Cressida Dick said in a statement Monday morning:
London has woken up to the news of another appalling attack on our city.
My thoughts are with the family of the man who has died and with all those who were injured.
My officers were on the scene almost immediately, and other uniformed and specialist officers quickly arrived to support them. They worked quickly with colleagues from the other emergency services to treat the injured.
I want to thank all those members of the public who assisted police and emergency services in our task.
There is now an ongoing investigation by our Counter Terrorism Command to establish why this attack was carried out.
London is a city of many faiths and many nationalities. An attack on one community is an attack on all of us.
Terrorists will not succeed in their attempts to divide us and make us live in fear.”
Extra officers are on duty in the area to help reassure the local community. They will be there for as long as they are needed.
Communities will see additional officers patrolling across the city and at Muslim places of worship. We are working as hard as we can to protect all our communities, and we will not be defeated.