London police investigating incident of collision with pedestrians


Police in London were investigating what they called a “major incident” tonight after reports of a vehicle colliding with pedestrians, and a British Muslim group said the people struck were worshippers leaving a mosque.

The incident happened in Finsbury Park in the north of London, in Seven Sisters Road, according to officials.

The Muslim Council of Britain tweeted out a statement saying, “We have been informed a van has run over worshippers as they left prayers at the Finsbury Park Mosque,” but later said the incident occurred outside Muslim Welfare House, which is near the mosque, “not outside Finsbury Park mosque itself.”

A man identified as Jermain Jackman told the BBC the sidewalks were “packed with people walking home” when the incident occurred.

“It was a van that mounted the pavement as men and women were leaving the mosque to go home to their families and friends and their loved ones,” Jackson said.

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First responders attend to pedestrians at the scene of a traffic incident in Finsbury Park, London, June 18, 2017.

There were officers on the scene with emergency responders, treating a number of injured people, according to the Metropolitan Police.

London Ambulance tweeted: “We have sent a number of resources to an incident in Seven Sisters Road.”

PHOTO: A first responder speaks to people at the scene of a traffic incident in Finsbury Park, London, June 18, 2017.James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock
A first responder speaks to people at the scene of a traffic incident in Finsbury Park, London, June 18, 2017.

One person was in custody and the investigation was ongoing, police said.

PHOTO: First responders transport an injured person at the scene of a traffic incident in Finsbury Park, London, June 18, 2017.James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock
First responders transport an injured person at the scene of a traffic incident in Finsbury Park, London, June 18, 2017.

Britain set its terror at “severe,” meaning an attack is highly likely, after a pair of incidents recently.

Earlier this month, a van rammed pedestrians on London Bridge, setting off vehicle and knife attacks that left eight people dead and many other injured on the bridge and in the nearby Borough Market area. Three Muslim extremists who carried out the attack were killed by police.

There was also an attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, where a bomber set off an explosion that killed more than 20 people.

PHOTO: Police and ambulance crews respond to the scene of a traffic incident in Finsbury Park, London, June 18, 2017.James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock
Police and ambulance crews respond to the scene of a traffic incident in Finsbury Park, London, June 18, 2017.

Witnesses posted on social media about armed police closing off the area and seeing people injured.

This is a developing story. Please check back for more.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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