Man detained after driving van into Muslim worshippers not known to security services, says minister

British forensic experts stand next to the van and a forensic tent in Finsbury Park, after a van hit worshippers in north London, Britain, on June 19, 2017.
British forensic experts stand next to the van and a forensic tent in Finsbury Park, after a van hit worshippers in north London, Britain, on June 19, 2017. PHOTO: EPA

LONDON (Reuters) - A man who drove a van into worshippers near a London mosque on Monday was not known to the security services in terms of far-right extremism, British minister Ben Wallace said

"This man was not known to the authorities in the space of extremism or far-right extremism," Wallace, junior minister for security in the Home Office, or interior ministry, told Sky News.

The attack on a group of people leaving prayers at the Muslim Welfare House and the nearby Finsbury Park Mosque in north London injured 10 people in what Prime Minister Theresa May has called a sickening terrorist attack on Muslims.