London has been rocked by what appears to be another terror attack, this time by a lone man targeting Muslims leaving a mosque late last night.
Witnesses saw a vehicle veer off the road in Finsbury Park, an area in north London. The driver struck a group of worshipers leaving Finsbury Park Mosque, then attempted to flee on foot. He was restrained by passers-by and arrested by police.
One witness described the chaos of the scene:
“He just came into all of us. There was a lot of people. We got told to move straight away.
“I was shocked, shocked, shocked. There were bodies around me. Thank God I just moved to the side. I just jumped. Everyone is hurt. Everyone is actually hurt.”
One woman who lives nearby heard the victims and witnesses calling for help.
“From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside. Everybody was shouting: ‘A van’s hit people, a van’s hit people.'”
London’s mayor Sadiq Khan called the incident “a horrific terrorist attack.”
“We don’t yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.
“While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect.”
Prime Minister Theresa May was more circumspect, calling the incident only a “potential terrorist attack.”
Counterterrorist police are investigating the incident. If confirmed as an act of terror, the Finsbury Park attack would be the fourth such incident in England this year.
In March, an Islamist plowed into pedestrians on the Westminister Bridge, then left the vehicle and fatally stabbed a police officer. Then in May, a bomber killed 23 including himself and injured 119 during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack.
And earlier this month, three Islamists in a van veered into pedestrians on the London Bridge, then left the van and stabbed four people. They were killed by police.
Watch this BBC News video for more information about the attack (after the jump):
Featured image via YouTube.