London crash: Van slams into crowd leaving mosque, one arrested

Several people were hurt after a van slammed into a crowd — including worshippers leaving a mosque — on a road in north London around midnight Sunday night, witnesses said, as police added that one person was arrested.

The crash immediately raised concerns of another terrorist attack in London; however, police did not reveal the possible cause.

The Finsbury Park Mosque was holding midnight Ramadan prayers, Sky News reported. Paramedics rushed at least one person away in an ambulance, Reuters added.

“I could see at least two people on the floor, not moving,” witness Cynthia Vanzella, who said the nearby crash woke her up, told Sky News. “There were people sitting on the floor with their head in their hands.”

Officers were called to the scene of the “major incident” on Seven Sisters Road at 12:20 a.m. Monday, Metropolitan Police said. The London Ambulance Service said it was responding to the incident.

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

In March, Khalid Masood, a British citizen, crashed his car at Westminster Bridge before launching a stabbing attack on the grounds of Parliament, killing five people in all. Police shot and killed him, ending the massacre.

Britain’s terrorist alert has been set at “severe” meaning an attack is highly likely.

“Our priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries and ensure those in the most need are treated first and taken to hospital,” the London Ambulance Service announced early Monday.

“Our prayers are with the victims,” Britain’s Muslim Council wrote on Twitter after the crash.

The Finsbury Park Mosque is about a 20-minute drive north of London Bridge. Police shut off the area to traffic as they investigated.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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