LONDON – Terrorist attack Finsbury Park with van
LONDON – This is the moment bystanders subdue a man suspected of deliberately ploughing a van into worshippers near Finsbury Park mosque, leaving one dead.
The video footage, shot on a mobile phone, shows the man restrained in the road and surrounded by a group people, with a pair of handcuffs visible in shot.
He had been wrestled to the ground by members of the public after the horrific incident, and police officers on patrol nearby were on the scene within seconds to make an arrest.
A second clip shows the man, who is white with black hair and wearing a blue top, being bundled towards a police van.
He is in handcuffs and stands against the back of the van surrounded by a large crowd. It was said he blew kisses at the crowd after being bundled inside.
Police have confirmed that a 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
In the attack, a white van was driven at dozens of people who had just finished prayers at the mosque in Seven Sisters Road in the early hours on Monday.
The victims are believed to have been breaking fast at a cafe next to the mosque following late-night prayers observed during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
A spokesman for the Met said that the suspect has been taken to hospital as a precaution, and will be taken into custody once discharged.
He will also be subject of a mental health assessment, police said. A spokesman added: “One man was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers are in the process of informing next of kin.
“A post mortem examination will be scheduled due course.
“Eight people injured were taken to three separate hospitals; two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
“At this stage there are no reports of any persons having suffered any knife injuries.”
The Metropolitan Police has confirmed that Counter Terrorism officers are investigating