1 dead in attack near mosque in London

Forensics officers prepare to examine the scene near Finsbury Park Mosque in which one man was killed after a vehicle ploughed into pedestrians, on June 19, 2017 in London, England.
Forensics officers prepare to examine the scene near Finsbury Park Mosque in which one man was killed after a vehicle ploughed into pedestrians, on June 19, 2017 in London, England. PHOTO: EPA

LONDON • A van mowed down worshippers near a London mosque early yesterday, killing one person and injuring 10 others in what British Prime Minister Theresa May said was a sickening terrorist attack on Muslims.

It was the fourth terror attack in Britain since March, and added to an already anxious mood in the country, days after the Grenfell Tower fire in London in which at least 79 people were thought to have died. Witnesses said that shortly after midnight, the van swerved into a group of people leaving prayers at the Muslim Welfare House and the nearby Finsbury Park Mosque in north London.

The driver, a 48-year-old white male, was grabbed at the scene by locals and pinned down until police arrived. The man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, and police said they believed he had acted alone.

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