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Vehicle ran over worshippers leaving prayers in London’s Finsbury Park

JUSTIN CARRISIMO

One person was arrested after a vehicle rammed into pedestrians Monday leaving several injured near a North London mosque, police said.

Metropolitan Police said they were called to the scene on Seven Sisters Road at 12:20 a.m. local time. They said “a number of casualties” were being treated after the incident.

“Officers are on the scene with other emergency services,” the statement said. “There are a number of casualties being worked on at the scene. There has been one person arrested. Enquiries continue.”

They said officers have responded with other emergency services including the London Ambulance Service who have sent a “number of resources” to the scene. No other details were released by police.

Worshippers were leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque shortly after midnight prayers when the incident occurred, a witness told Sky News.

The mosque’s chairman, Mohammed Kozbar, called the incident a “cowardly attack” on Twitter. “Our thoughts and prayers with those who got injured and [affected] by this cowardly attack in Finsbury Park area, many casualties in the floor,” Kozbar tweeted.

The U.K. Muslim Council of Britain said they had been told worshippers were ran over as they left a local mosque. “Our prayers are with the victims,” they said on Twitter.

A witness who lives near the scene told the BBC she heard chaos outside her residence. “From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside. Everybody was shouting: ‘A van’s hit people, a van’s hit people.’ There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished.”

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has described the situation Monday as a “terrible incident.”

“All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene,” she said in a statement.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party leader, also said that he was “totally shocked” by the event. “I’ve been in touch with the mosques, police and Islington council,” he said in a statement on Twitter.

The incident Monday follows two deadly attacks in London in which pedestrians were deliberately mowed down by vehicles. Westminster in March and the London Bridge earlier this month.

This is a developing story. Please check back for latest updates.

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