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Graham Russell — The Guardian June 19, 2017

Aftermath of suspected terror attack on Finsbury Park mosque. Click to enlarge

Finsbury Park has become the scene of what Theresa May called a “potential terrorist attack” after a van ploughed into worshippers leaving the nearby mosque, killing one and injuring eight others. A 48-year-old man, said by police to be the driver, was arrested at the scene after being detained by passersby.

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The vehicle hit the crowd shortly after midnight, and police soon declared a “major incident” in north London, deploying armed officers. Hours later, they said counter-terrorism police were leading the investigation. May will chair a meeting of the Cobra committee this morning.

London mayor Sadiq Khan decried the “horrific terrorist attack”, saying in a statement: “We don’t yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.”

One resident who did not wish to be named told the Press Association: “People were just conversing, talking, just doing what we’re doing. And he just came into all of us. There was a lot of people. We got told to move straight away. I was shocked, shocked, shocked. There were bodies around me. Thank God I just moved to the side, I just jumped.”

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