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Stories Stories Politics One dead and 10 hurt in new London terror attack as a white van driver, 48, ploughs into a crowd of worshippers outside Finsbury Park Mosque before shouting: 'I'm going to kill all Muslims'

One dead and 10 hurt in new London terror attack as a white van driver, 48, ploughs into a crowd of worshippers outside Finsbury Park Mosque before shouting: 'I'm going to kill all Muslims'

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One person has been killed and ten more injured after a white van driver screaming 'I'm going to kill all Muslims' ploughed into worshippers near a renowned north London mosque, in the latest terror attack to rock Britain.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the van, which was hired from south Wales, mounted the pavement and veered into a congregation outside the Muslim Welfare House, near Finsbury Park Mosque, shortly after they finished Ramadan evening prayers.

Heroic bystanders wrestled the suspect, who was clean-shaven with curly hair and wore a white t-shirt, to the floor and pinned him down until officers arrived, at around 12.20am, after he allegedly screamed: 'I want to kill all Muslims', and 'I did my bit'.

At the time of the attack, several people were trying to help a man who had collapsed at the bus stop with a medical issue. Today, police confirmed he was the man who had died.  

A further eight are being treated across three London hospitals for 'serious injuries' while two victims sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene. 

The Muslim Council of Britain condemned the attack as 'the most violent manifestation' yet of Islamophobia and called for extra security around mosques, which the Met Police has now promised.  

Angry crowds

Shocking footage from the scene shows the man being held by a police officer as angry crowds gather behind him. After the attack the man was reportedly tackled by civilians, and a crowd of angry bystanders gave him to police. 

The Prime Minister has confirmed the incident is being treated as a potential terror attack, as she called an emergency meeting of the Cobra Committee. 

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said police 'immediately' treated it as a suspected terrorist attack, adding: 'Londoners have been hit with a series of attacks and have been nothing short of heroic.'.

The congregation of victims were heroically trying to save an elderly man who had collapsed at a bus stop, according to eyewitnesses, and it is unknown if this is the death recorded. 

The Finsbury Park Mosque gained notoriety more than a decade ago for sermons by hate preacher Abu Hamza, who was imam from 1997 until 2003 and was sentenced to life in a U.S. prison in January 2015 for his conviction on terrorism-related charges.  

Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi said he was among a group of people helping an elderly worshipper who had fallen down, perhaps because of the heat, when the van swerved towards them.

He told BuzzFeed News: 'This big van just came and went all over us.

'I think at least eight or 10 people got injured. Luckily I managed to escape. And then the guy came out of his van and I got him.

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'He was screaming, he was saying, 'I'm going to kill all Muslims, I'm going to kill all Muslims'. He was throwing punches.

'Then we managed to get him on the floor. Then he was saying, 'Kill me, kill me'. I said, 'We are not going to kill you. Why did you do that?' He wouldn't say anything.'

One dead and 10 hurt in new London terror attack

Another witness, Abdikadar Warfa, said he helped to detain the suspect while his friends helped victims.

'I saw a man underneath the van. He was bleeding. My friend said he had to lift the van, I was busy with a man who tried to escape. My friend said he said some words, but I didn't hear it,' he said.

'They (people who were hit) were mostly young. They are very bad. I tried to stop him (the suspect), some people were hitting him but I said stop him and keep him until the police came.

'He was trying to run away but people overpowered him. He was fighting to run away.'

Mr Salah Alamoudi said he had also helped to hold the suspect on the ground for up to half an hour before police arrived.

'The guy, I had to keep him at least half an hour. He was a strong guy. A big man,' he said.

'It was heartbreaking. It wasn't an accident.' 

Emergency service crews were also seen giving cardiac massages to the injured in a desperate bid to save them, but unconfirmed reports that two other suspects fled the van were denied by police.

The police operation is being handled by counter-terrorism units, while the suspect has been taken to hospital and will be detained once he has been discharged, and will then face a mental health assessment. 

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