Driver Plows Into Crowd Outside London Mosque in Terror Attack; One Person Dead

Image ref 8872172o. Copyright Rex Shutterstock
Rex Features

In the latest terrorist attack to hit Britain, one man died early Monday after a van plowed into a crowd of worshipers leaving a mosque in North London. Ten other people were injured.

Counter-terrorism police were called out to investigate the incident, which occurred in London’s Finsbury Park neighborhood just after midnight. A witness told the BBC that the driver said, “I want to kill Muslims,” as he tried to flee the scene. He was overpowered by bystanders and detained until police arrived.

Scotland Yard said they had arrested a 47-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder. The man’s name was not released. A witness told Sky News that two other people fled the scene of the attack, but police said there were no other suspects at present.

The incident follows only weeks after three Islamic attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then went on a knife rampage through busy Borough Market, killing eight people. Vehicles have also been also used to attack the public on London’s Westminster Bridge, in Nice, France, and in Berlin.

Monday’s incident took place during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when worshipers traditionally fast during the daytime and worship at night. British media reports said that a crowd had gathered outside the mosque Sunday night to help an elderly worshiper who had collapsed; the man died after the attack, but it was unclear whether his death was due to the attack itself.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was “every bit as sickening” as the previous assaults that have hit Britain in recent months, including the massacre in the London Bridge area and the May 22 suicide bombing that hit an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Neil Basu, deputy assistant commissioner at Scotland Yard, said the police would beef up patrols around mosques across London.

“All the victims were from the Muslim community and we will be deploying extra police patrols to reassure the public, especially those observing Ramadan,” Basu said. “This was an attack on London and all Londoners. We should all stand together against extremists whatever their cause.”

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 3

Leave a Reply

3 Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. Rudy Mario says:

    A minor incident. The van driver clearly has mental problems and it is appropriate that the English hAve sent him for mental evaluation. Also he could not see clearly since he had lost his glasses and the area was very crowded. Only one dead. A very minor incident at best, a one fatality accident at worst. Does not deserve Variety’s screaming headlines. You are simply upsetting people with mental health issues.

    • Kip says:

      Rudy, that’s not what I read…
      I read it was a British right-wing redneck with weapons trying to kill as many muslims as possible.
      Check the news.

  2. This will cheer the gun boosters. Cue the facetious calls to restrict and license trucks.

More Film News from Variety

Loading