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June 19, 2017
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London Mayor Sadiq Khan is calling the incident in Finsbury Park early Monday morning a "horrific terrorist attack on innocent people" during the holy month of Ramadan.

One person died and several more were injured after a man drove into a crowd of pedestrians near the Finsbury Park Mosque, where late prayers had just finished up; the suspect, a 48-year-old man, has been arrested. British Prime Minister Theresa May said police confirmed the incident is being treated as a potential terrorist attack, but Khan spoke in starker terms.

"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," he said. As the situation unfolds, residents must "remain calm and vigilant," Khan continued, adding that his thoughts and prayers are with the people affected. Catherine Garcia

June 19, 2017
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One person died and at least 10 were injured early Monday in London when a van hit pedestrians near the Finsbury Park Mosque, police said.

Metropolitan Police said the man was pronounced dead at the scene, and despite rumors on social media, no one sustained any knife injuries. The driver of the van, a 48-year-old man, was detained by bystanders, and arrested once officers arrived at the scene, police said. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution, and will soon undergo a mental health assessment.

Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, told Reuters a witness told him several people were assisting a man who had fallen ill when the van deliberately swerved into them. It is the holy month of Ramadan, and many worshipers were standing in the street following late prayers. British Prime Minister Theresa May said "police have confirmed this is being treated as a potential terrorist attack," and the Muslim Council for Britain has called for extra security at mosques around the country. Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, said the Muslim community is "in shock," and the crash was "a cowardly attack."

This is a developing story and has been updated throughout. Catherine Garcia