Watch: Remarkable video shows moment worshippers stop Finsbury Park mosque terrorist

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

This is the shocking moment the man suspected of carrying out the Finsbury Park mosque attack was tackled by worshippers.


The footage, taken in the aftermath of the incident, which has so far seen one person killed and 10 people injured, shows the suspect being held on the floor after he allegedly ploughed into pedestrians in Seven Sisters Road in North London.

One man can be seen kicking the suspect, who targeted Muslim worshippers who had been attending Ramadan night prayers.

Injured people can be seen on the ground in the aftermath of the attack, which police are calling an act of terrorism.

The suspect was led away after being detained by worshippers (Twitter)

Witnesses described hearing the man shout: “I’m going to kill Muslims”.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: “This is being treated as a terrorist attack.”

Mr Basu said eight people are in hospital and two others were treated at the scene.

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He said: “The attack unfolded whilst a man was receiving first aid from the public at the scene; sadly, he has died.

“Any causative link between his death and the attack will form part of our investigation.

“It is too early to state if his death was as a result of the attack.”

The man is alleged to have shouted about wanting to kill Muslims (Twitter)

One witness described being surrounded by bodies in the wake of the attack outside the nearby Muslim Welfare House.

Another witness, who wanted to be identified as Abdulrahman, which is not his real name, told the Press Association: “I managed to get the driver of the van.

“He wanted to run away and was saying ‘I want to kill Muslims’.

“So he came back to the main road and I managed to get him to the ground and me and some other guys managed to hold him until the police arrived, for about 20 minutes I think, until the police arrived.”

One person died in the attack while another 10 were injured (PA)

Abdulrahman claimed the driver said ‘Kill me’, as he was being held on the ground.

Mr Basu thanked members of the public who detained the driver, saying “their restraint in the circumstances was commendable”.

The driver has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee to discuss the Seven Sisters attack at 10am, and is expected to give a statement outside 10 Downing Street afterwards.