[Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with those injured in “this terrible incident.” (Reuters photo)]
London: A vehicle struck pedestrians outside a mosque in north London early Monday morning, causing several casualties, police said.
Two worshippers were feared killed, according to the Sun newspaper, but there was no immediate confirmation of this.
One person has been arrested. The London Ambulance Service says the injured are being taken to hospitals. Eyewitnesses reported seeing police give emergency medical treatment to at least one of the injured.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), an umbrella body, said on Twitter: “We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque. Our prayers are with the victims."
"It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia" MCB said in a statement.
"Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date", it added.
Harun Khan, the head of the MCB, tweeted that the van had “intentionally” run over people leaving night prayers held during the holy month of Ramadan.
"Shocked and outraged to hear a van has intentionally run over worshippers leaving #Ramadan night prayers on Seven Sisters Road #FinsburyPark", he tweeted.Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with those injured in “this terrible incident.” The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said he was “totally shocked.”
London police have declared the crash a major incident and closed the area to normal traffic. Metropolitan Police said officers were called to the scene on Seven Sisters Road at 12:20 a.m. Monday. Many police cars and ambulances responded to the incident, according to Associated Press.