One man died and ten others were injured after a van driver screaming “I want to kill all Muslims” ploughed into worshippers in a terror attack near to Finsbury Park mosque.
Witnesses told how the suspect shouted “kill me, kill me” and blew kisses from the back of a police van after he was pinned to the ground and arrested following the attack in the early hours of Monday.
The 48-year-old suspect was tackled to the floor and detained by onlookers after the vehicle veered into a crowd of worshippers who had just finished prayers at the mosque in Seven Sisters Road.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu confirmed the attack on worshippers was being treated as terrorism.
In an statement outside Scotland Yard on Monday morning, Mr Basu said the attack unfolded as a man was receiving first aid from the public and that he died at the scene.
Eight other people were taken to hospital, at least two of them with “very serious injuries”, Mr Basu said.
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.”
He added: “This is being treated as a terrorist attack.”
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SOURCE: Evening Standard, by JONATHAN MITCHELL, HATTY COLLIER