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  • 2017-06-19
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  • Vehicle Hits Pedestrians Near Mosque in London, At least 1 dead, 10 injured
  • At least one person has died and ten were injured after a van struck a crowd of pedestrians near a north London mosque on June 19th.
    One person was arrested following the collision near Finsbury Park Mosque in Seven Sisters Road.
    The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said a van "intentionally" ran over worshippers.
    The body said it was a "violent manifestation of Islamophbia" and called for extra security around mosques.
    Many of the victims are believed to have just left evening prayers after breaking the Ramadan fast.

    London Ambulance Service has 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.
    They are working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene.
    Their priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries and ensure those in the most need are treated first and taken to hospital.
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    Prime Minister Theresa May described it as a "terrible incident", adding: "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene."

    The Finsbury Park Mosque was raided by the authorities in January 2003, and in February 2005, it was completely reconstituted — “run by a new board of trustees with a new management team, new imams, a new name and new ethos,” according to its website. Five stories tall, with enough space for 1,800 worshipers, it is a major house of worship for North London, in an area known for a large immigrant population.
    Mohammed Kozbar, the chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, said in a Twitter post that “our thoughts and prayers with those who got injured and effected by this cowardly attack in Finsbury Park area” and that there were “many casualties in the floor.”
  • source : BBC
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