At least one person was killed and eight people injured, when a van plowed into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near Finsbury Park mosque, North London, on Monday morning, as reported by CNN. According to the London Metropolitan police, a 48-year-old man was arrested at the crime scene. The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan declared the incident as a "horrific terror attack." He said that it was an intentional attack on innocent London people while they were finishing their prayers during the Muslim's' holy month of Ramadan. He also added that they still did not know the full information about the attack.

According to the eyewitnesses

Abdikadir Warfa, one of the eyewitnesses at the time of the incident, said the van hit many people before stopping. The photographs from the scene show the white van which was used in the deadly incident and hit many people. Warfa said that people who had been hit by the van were the worshippers came to attend the late night Taraweeh prayers at the mosque near the Finsbury Park.

The Sun reported that after this attacker was detained by passers-by, at that moment he shouted: “Kill me, kill all Muslims." Saeed Hashi, another witness, fought with the driver of the van and put him down on the floor with the help of two other people and held the suspect for 10 minutes on the ground and waited for the police.

Hashi said the driver punched him in the head as he was very aggressive and continuously spitting on them.

According to one witness, the hitting was done intentionally, and the driver of the van was not drunk. According to other sources, in the van there were three people, two managed to escape.

Perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia

According to the statement released by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), it was the "terror attack" that took place at the Finsbury Park.

The Secretary General of MCB, Harun Khan said, his prayers were with the families of the victims. It has been confirmed from the eyewitnesses that the culprit was motivated by Islamophobia.

Around 10% population of the London Borough of Islington is Muslim and Finsbury Park is a very busy place in the North London area. This was the third incident to kill innocent people in the British capital with a vehicle since March of this year and the fourth in total. First, the attack on Westminster Bridge on March 22, near the house of Parliament, that claimed the life of five.

Then 22 people were killed and 60 injured after Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on May 22, through a suicide bombing. More recently, the city was shocked by the London Bridge terror attack on June 3, where eight people died and 48 were wounded when a white van hit the pedestrians.

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