What we know so far about the Finsbury Park terror attack

Guardian staff
  • A van has driven into a crowd of worshippers after they left a mosque in north London.
  • A man died on the scene but was already receiving first aid from members of the public when the attack took place, police said. It is not yet known whether his death was a result of the attack.
  • Eight people are in hospital, two with very serious injuries, and two others were treated at the scene.
  • All of those injured were members of the Muslim community. The attack took place outside the Muslim Welfare House, a few hundred metres away from Finsbury Park mosque.
  • London ambulance service said the eight injured were taken to three hospitals.
  • The van driver – a 48-year-old man – was arrested at the scene by the police on suspicion of attempted murder after being detained by members of the public.
  • An imam, identified by the Muslim Welfare House as Mohammed Mahmoud, was said by a number of eyewitnesses to have urged restraint on the crowd before the police arrived, saying: “do not touch him”.
  • Police said they first responded to reports of a traffic collision at about 12.20am on Monday. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said that the first officers were on the scene within a minute.
  • Theresa May chaired a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee on Monday morning.
  • The attack was declared a terrorist incident within eight minutes, she said.
  • She said the attack was “every bit as sickening” as other recent terrorist outrages. “This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship... And like all acts of terrorism it seeks to drive us apart,” she said.
  • May said that the early assessment was that the attacker acted alone. Security minister Ben Wallace said that the attacker was not known to security services. He added: “We are aware of a rise in the far right”.
  • The attacker was not known to security services, security minister Ben Wallace said. He added: “We are aware of a rise in the far right”.
  • Cressida Dick said the Finsbury Park incident was “quite clearly an attack on Muslims”.
  • Jeremy Corbyn, whose constituency includes Finsbury Park, has said he was “shocked by this horrific and cruel attack”. He visited the scene of the attack overnight and returned there on Monday morning.
  • Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has condemned the incident as a “horrific terrorist attack” on “innocent Londoners”.
  • Amber Rudd, the home secretary, said that Londoners have been “nothing short of heroic” in the face of a series of attacks. She said that money from an existing places of worship fund was available to any mosque that felt the need for additional security.
  • Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, said that extra officers are on duty in the area to reassured the local community and that others would be on patrol across London and at Muslim places of worship.
  • The white van hit people outside the Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road. Two witnesses reported seeing three people leave the van, but police said no other suspects have been identified or reported to police.
  • The Muslim Council of Great Britain said the van had run over worshippers and said the attack was ‘motivated by Islamophobia’.
  • Diane Abbott, the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, which borders Finsbury Park, has called for a review of security for all mosques.
  • The streets were crowded because it was shortly after prayers had finished at nearby Finsbury Park mosque.
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