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Driver who ploughed into pedestrians near Finsbury Park mosque 'screamed ''I want to kill all Muslims'''

Mirror logo Mirror 19/6/2017 Steve Robson

The driver who ploughed into pedestrians near Finsbury Park mosque allegedly screamed "I want to kill all Muslims".

At least 10 people have suffered serious injuries after the incident in north London in the early hours of Monday.

image/jpeg © image/jpeg image/jpeg Police said a vehicle hit pedestrians on Seven Sisters Road near one of the biggest mosques in the capital as Muslims were leaving prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.

There are also unconfirmed reports a suspect also attempted to stab victims after jumping out of the van.

How the attack unfolded © PA How the attack unfolded An eyewitness said the incident began as people were leaving Finsbury Park mosque, and a number were gathered around an elderly man who appeared to have collapsed.

The hired van then ploughed into the Good Samaritans and others on the pavement before crashing into bollards, Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi said.

Two men then got out the van and attempted to flee - but the driver was pinned to the ground by Mr Alamoudi and others, it is believed.

An armed police officer at a cordon in Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, where one person has been arrested after a vehicle struck pedestrians © PA WIRE An armed police officer at a cordon in Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, where one person has been arrested after a vehicle struck pedestrians He told BuzzFeed News: "I managed to get him on the floor, I was holding home.

"He was screaming ‘I’m gonna kill all muslims, all muslims’"

Mr Alamoudi said he asked "Why did you do that?" but the man did not answer.

He is described as white, tall and in his 40s or 50s.

Police stand guard at a cordon on a road near Finsbury Park station after a vehicle struck pedestrians in north London, Monday, June 19, 2017. © AP Police stand guard at a cordon on a road near Finsbury Park station after a vehicle struck pedestrians in north London, Monday, June 19, 2017. "Within seconds, he took all the people, all of them," Mr Alamoudi added.

"It was heartbreaking."

Video posted online shows the chaotic aftermath as a police officer struggled to hold an angry crowd back from a man believed to be the driver.

Cries of "why did you do that?" can be heard as people push towards the suspect.

Forensic investigators work the scene in the Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehichle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017. © Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP Forensic investigators work the scene in the Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehichle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017. A witness told Buzzfeed the driver allegedly shouted "kill me, kill me, I want to kill all muslims."

The Metropolitan Police confirmed one man was arrested at the scene.

In a statement the force said: "Police were called just after 0020hrs 18 June to reports of a vehicle in collision with pedestrians.

"Officers are on scene with other emergency services."

Police guard a street in the Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehichle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017. © Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP Police guard a street in the Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehichle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017. "There are a number of casualties being worked on at the scene.

"There has been one person arrested.

"Enquiries continue.

"More information will be released when confirmed."

© Reuters The London Ambulance Service said in a statement: "We were called at 12.15am to reports of a road traffic collision at Seven Sisters Road.

"We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist responses teams to the scene.

"An advance trauma team from London’s Air Ambulance has also been dispatched by car.

"We are working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene.

"Our priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries and ensure those in the most need are treated first and taken to hospital.

"More information will follow when we have it." 

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