ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – On Monday, a van ran into multiple people who were leaving a mosque in London, killing one and injuring eight others, police said.
The incident took place in the Finsbury Park Mosque which is one of the largest in the country.
Police have arrested a suspect on Seven Sisters Road accused of being involved in the attack, authorities confirmed.
Police also called the incident a “terrorist” attack.
“This big van just came and went all over us,” witness Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi told BuzzFeed News. “He [the driver] was screaming...‘I’m going to kill all Muslims!’”
The attack occurred during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
“When I looked back, I thought it was a car accident, but people were shouting, screaming, and I realized this was a man choosing to terrorize people who are praying,” another eyewitness told Reuters.
“He chose exactly the time that people pray, and the mosque is too small and full, so some pray outside,” the witness added.
Following the attack, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan mentioned the incident was “an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom, and respect.”
British Interior Minister Amber Rudd condemned the violence and stated, “We must all continue to stand together, resolute, against all those who try to divide us and spread hate and fear.”
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany