A van plowed into Muslim worshipers on a crowded sidewalk near a mosque in north London early Monday, killing one person and injuring 10 others in what London Mayor Sadiq Khan called a “horrific terrorist attack.”
The vehicle hit people as they were leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque, one of the biggest in the country, the Muslim Council of Britain said. The attack comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when people attend prayers at night.
A 48-year-old man was taken into custody at the scene, in the Finsbury Park neighborhood, said London Metropolitan Police, who said no other potential suspects were reported.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said police had confirmed it was being treated as a potential terrorist attack and said she would chair an emergency response meeting later on Monday.
“All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene,” she said.
The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said he was “totally shocked”.
The incident comes just over two weeks after three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars, killing eight..
The Muslim Council said Monday’s attack was the most violent manifestation of Islamophobia in Britain in recent months and called for extra security at places of worship.