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'The war is starting now in your streets': Pro-Islamic State channels stoke fear ahead of 'Night of Power'

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 19/06/2017 Mark Saunokonoko

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Pro-Islamic State propaganda channels have seized upon the deadly van attack on Muslim worshippers outside a London mosque and urged ISIS supporters to "wake up" for war on the streets.

There are unconfirmed suggestions the driver of the white van who mowed down pedestrians causing one confirmed death and a number of casualties was not Muslim.

The incident in London, a city still reeling from June 3 London Bridge attack, will further stoke fears ahead of a significant day looming in the Ramadan calendar known as the "Night of Power".

If bloody events in 2016 are an indicator, Islamic State will look to double down its campaign of terror on Laylat al-Qadr, also known as Night of Power, which is set to fall on June 21.

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Michael S. Smith II, a US counter-terror analyst, has observed activity on pro-Islamic State channels today urging a violent response to the ugly van attack on innocent Muslim worshipers.

One suspect was arrested at the scene in Finsbury Park, north London, after being wrestled to the ground by members of the public, according to early witness reports.

A pro-IS message on encrypted app Telegram contrasted the arrest at Finsbury Park against the 50 rounds fired by police to kill the three ISIS jihadists who carried out the London Bridge attack.

"When your brothers took revenge on the Crusader nationals for the slaughter they are carrying out on the Muslims they were shot on site (sic) by the British Police," the message read.

"Then how come the police never shot a Kafir (derogatory word for non-Muslim)," the post continued, referencing today's arrest.

"You need to wake up the war is starting now in your own streets outside your own Masajids (mosques).

"Your elders could be killed, your sisters could be attacked."

Officials are yet to call today's incident a terror attack but witness accounts suggest that Muslims were clearly and deliberately targeted by the van.

A spokesperson from The Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organisation which speaks out against extremism, said today's incident was an "act of terrorism".

After leaving the van and being wrestled to the ground the suspect reportedly screamed: "I'm going to kill all Muslims."

Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi told BuzzFeed News he saw up to 10 people get injured by a "big van".

"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."

Another witness, Abdikadar Warfa, said most people struck by the van near the UKCG Help Centre at the junction of Tollington and Seven Sisters Road were young.

He added people had to lift the vehicle off a bloodied victim.

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