The driver reportedly screamed “kill me, kill all Muslims” as hero bystanders tackled him to the ground.
LONDON: One person has been killed and eight injured in a suspected terrorist attack after a hired van ploughed into Muslim worshippers leaving a mosque after late-night Ramadan prayers.
Police raced to London’s Finsbury Park shortly after midnight and arrested a 48-year-old man, who was being pinned down by hero bystanders, reported The Sun newspaper.
Scotland Yard confirmed a man, 48, had been arrested at the scene following a massive armed response.
He reportedly screamed “kill me, kill all Muslims” as hero bystanders tackled him to the ground.
Police put up a huge cordon around the area and a Metropolitan Police helicopter was seen circling overhead.
Prime Minister Theresa May described the apparent attack as “terrible incident”, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was “totally shocked”.
It is not yet clear if Scotland Yard are treating the incident as a terror attack, but counter-terror cops are investigating.
It comes just over two weeks after a rental van was used to mow down pedestrians during the London Bridge attack.
Scotland Yard has confirmed one man was pronounced dead at the scene and officers are in the process of informing his next of kin.
The eight wounded pedestrians are being treated in the three separate hospitals while two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The incident is being investigated by counter terrorism cops, who say they are currently not looking for any other suspects.
Police said the driver of the van, a 48-year-old man, was found detained by members of the public at the scene before being arrested in connection with the incident.
They say he has been taken to hospital as a precaution and will be taken into custody once discharged.
The incident followed a series of attacks in Britain.
Eight people were killed and 50 injured on June 3 when three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars.
On March 22, a man drove a rented car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead. His attack killed five people.
On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.