Finsbury Park attack: Man dies after ‘terror’ incident near mosque

Finsbury Park attack: Man dies after ‘terror’ incident near mosque

A man has died and 10 people have been injured after a man drove a van into worshippers near a north London mosque.

Eight people were taken to hospital after the “terrorist attack” near Finsbury Park Mosque, police said.

A group of people were helping a man who had collapsed when they were hit by the van just after midnight. The man has died, but it is unclear whether this was as a result of the attack.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Police said all the victims of the attack, which took place outside Muslim Welfare House, were Muslim.

Metropolitan Police’s deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu said the “terrorist attack” began when the van was driven into a man who was already being given first aid by the public on the pavement.

“Sadly that man has died. It is too early to state if his death was a result of this attack.”

Several of those in hospital are “seriously injured” and there are currently no other suspects, he added.

Earlier, police also said the arrested man would be “subject of a mental health assessment in due course”.

Extra police are being deployed to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said.