Van strikes crowd near London mosques in what police are calling ‘terrorist attack’

A van plowed into a group of Muslim worshipers as they were leaving prayers at a pair of north London mosques early Monday, leaving one person dead and injuring 10 others in what is being called a “terrorist attack.”

Witnesses said the driver of the vehicle was heard shouting that he wanted to kill Muslims.

“This is being treated as a terrorist attack,” said Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu told reporters. He added that the driver of the van was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the incident was being treated as a “potential” terrorist incident and that she would chair an emergency meeting later on Monday.

Police commended locals for their bravery and restraint in detaining the driver.

Abdulrahman Aidroos and his friends were attending to an elderly man who had collapsed on the ground when suddenly he saw a man in a van driving “straight into us.”

When the driver of the van jumped out of the vehicle and tried to run “I tackled him on the floor until the police came,” Aidroos told the BBC. “When he was running, he said ‘I want to kill more people, I want to kill more Muslims,’” he said.

“When I got him

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/van-strikes-crowd-near-london-mosques-1-dead-suspect-in-custody/2017/06/19/c071a630-54b9-11e7-a204-ad706461fa4f_story.html

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