19 June 2017

Eyewitnesses reveal horror moment van ploughed into Muslims outside Finsbury Park mosque

WITNESSES tonight have described scenes of chaos after a van ploughed into Muslim worshippers near a mosque in London’s Finsbury Park in a suspected revenge terror attack.

One person has been killed and eight others injured after a van mounted a pavement on Seven Sisters Road shortly after midnight.

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Police assist a woman caught up in the panic at Finsbury Park after reports a van was deliberately driven at pedestrians[/caption]

Police raced to London’s Finsbury Park shortly and arrested a 48-year-old man, who was being pinned down by hero bystanders.

Witnesses say the wounded were out late for worship after fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Cynthia Vanzella, who lives opposite the scene, told The Sun: “It was really ugly. I saw at least two people on the floor not moving and police officers trying to do chest massage on them desperately trying to save them. I just hope they did.”

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Police and ambulance crews raced to the scene at Finsbury Park after pedestrians were reportedly mowed down close to a mosque[/caption]

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An injured pedestrian is taken away by paramedics on a stretcher after a van hit people close to a mosque in North London[/caption]

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Bodies were strewn across the pavement amid fears people were killed when a van ploughed into pedestrians[/caption]

Injured people in street following vehicle collision with pedestrians in Finsbury Park, London

She also spoke to BBC News and said: “From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside. Everybody was shouting: ‘A vans hit people, a vans 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.

“I didn’t see the attacker himself, although he seems to have been arrested, but I did see the van.”

Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of Finsbury Park mosque, told The Sun: “Whoever did this, he did it to hurt people and it’s a terrorist attack.

“We call it a terrorist attack as we called it in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge.

“The van drove over people who were leaving late prayers. They were gathering in Seven Sisters Road.

“I heard there are fatalities but I don’t want to jump to conclusions.

“My concern now is the casualties who have been affected.”

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Police stand at the cordon after the road was closed to traffic amid the chaos[/caption]


Armed cops are at the scene after the Met Police declared a “major incident” at Finsbury Park[/caption]

Man arrested after vehicle collides with pedestrians in Finsbury Park

Andrew, a courier who did not wish to give his surname, said he saw three people on the floor.

The 45-year-old, of St Albans, Hertfordshire, said he was driving back from a night shift when he saw the aftermath of the collision.

He said: “When I drove past slowly I could count three people on the floor and police were performing CPR on one of them.

“The guy having CPR performed on him was in a gown, ethnic clothing.”

“There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park Mosque that seems to have hit people who were coming out of the mosque after prayers finished.”

The incident comes just two weeks after the London Bridge terror attack, where three radical Islamists used a hire van to mow people down before they stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars.

Eight people were killed and 50 injured on June 3 in the atrocity.

What we know so far:

  • A van ran down pedestrians on Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park, North London just before 1am on Monday morning
  • One man was killed and eight people were injured outside Finsbury Park Mosque and the Muslim Welfare House as worshippers left a late evening prayer meeting
  • Photos allegedly of the motor used in the smash show it with the logo for a Wales-based rental company
  • Scotland Yard confirmed a man, 48, had been arrested at the scene following a massive armed response
  • He reportedly screamed “kill me, kill all Muslims” as hero bystanders tackled him to the ground
  • Police put up a huge cordon around the area and a Metropolitan Police helicopter was seen circling overhead
  • Prime Minister Theresa May described the apparent attack as “terrible incident”, while Jeremy Corbyn said he was “totally shocked”
  • It is not yet clear if Scotland Yard are treating the incident as a terror attack, but counter-terror cops are investigating
  • It comes just over two weeks after a rental van was used to mow down pedestrians during the London Bridge attack

Were you on Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park, North London during the time of the incident? We want to hear from you. Call 0207 782 4368 or email tips@the-sun.co.uk

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