Vehicle Strikes Several Pedestrians On London Road

London police closed the area to normal traffic. May said officers were at the scene within one minute and had declared it a suspected terrorist incident within eight minutes. Two others were treated at the scene.

Witnesses described hearing a van driver, who was detained by members of the public at the scene, shout: "I'm going to kill Muslims".

London's Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation into the attack.

"When I looked back, I thought it was a auto accident, but people were shouting, screaming and I realized this was a man choosing to terrorize people who are praying", he told Reuters.

A man, believed to be the driver of the van, was held down by members of the public before being arrested after the attack.

"People now have a big question about safety in London after all these terrorist attacks, and we want to assure them that they are safe, and that's why we want to work with the police", Kozbar said.

He added: "I receive briefings from the counter terror team and the good news is the counter terrorism team have been recognizing for a while now there are terrorists motivated by other means other than perverse Islamist motivation".

Eyewitness Abdul Rahman said the driver said he wanted to "kill all Muslims". Night comes pretty late in London this time of year. I spoke to the reception once again and I was like are there any precautions put in after these terrible events and she said "no".

"By God's grace, we managed to surround him and to protect him from any harm", Mahmoud said.

Mr Basu said eight people are in hospital and two others were treated at the scene.

Mamhoud was joined by several other bystanders who formed a protective ring around the suspect until police hustled him into the back of a van, the Evening Standard reported.

"An attack on a mosque, an attack on a synagogue, an attack on a church, is actually an attack on all of us". Despite the presumed solidarity among religious communities, this is the fourth attack related to religion in recent months. "The way forward is to strengthen the moderate majority and repudiate and marginalize extremism of every type", the statement said, adding: "Hatred of people due to their religion has no place in our society".

According to May, the attack on Muslims was "every bit as insidious and destructive to our values and our way of life".

"Hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed", she said in a televised statement. It seeks to drive us apart; and to break the precious bonds of solidarity and citizenship that we share in this country.

"Sadly we were expecting something to happen".

Police said all the victims of the attack, which was in the area of Finsbury Park Mosque, were Muslim.

Khan also called it "a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan".

"This is a resilient city".

Ms May said extra police resources would be deployed to provide reassurance, and said Britain had been far too tolerant of all forms of extremism in the past.

"An attack on one religion is an attack on all religions and all people and faiths must stand together against terror".

Following these incidents, the Muslim Council has called for more security at worship places.

"We expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency", he added.

A witness, who gave his name as Adil Rana, said the attacker tried to taunt onlookers as he was arrested.

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