Prime Minister Theresa may on the eve of the emergency meeting of the government said that police are investigating the incident near the mosque in Finsbury Park as a «potential terrorist attack», reports the BBC.
— Hitting on people near mosques in London. Photos
She called the incident «a terrifying incident». «All my thoughts about those who were injured, their loved ones and the work of the emergency services at the scene,» she said.
It is known that the investigation involved the Department for combating terror of the London police. However, while the incident qualified as a terrorist act.
In the night of Monday, June 19, near the mosque in London’s Finsbury Park the van ran over people. One person was killed, eight injured were hospitalized. Witnesses say that the driver is clearly pushing people intentionally.
British media also reported that after hitting out of the car jumped a man with a knife in his hand, wounding one person.
It was reported that the suspect is detained. The British media noted that the driver of the van was detained by citizens who handed him over to the police.
The BBC writes that the detainee 48. His name is not published.
According to the TV channel Sky News in the van were three people. Two of them managed to escape.
Presumably, the van was rented in Wales.
The Muslim Council of Britain said the incident was «an act of Islamophobia» and urged the authorities to strengthen security measures around mosques in the country.
Recall that similar attack was carried out in London on the evening of 3 June. Then on London bridge, the car crashed into a group of pedestrians, then got out three terrorists, armed with knives that attacked people. The militants also attacked people at one of the restaurants on site food market Borough Market. In the attack eight people were killed and about 50 were injured. All the terrorists involved in the attack, was destroyed by police. The names of the terrorists: the 22-year-old Yusuf Zarb, 27-year-old Khurram butt chased and 30-year-old Rashid Redvan.
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