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Several people were injured in north London early on Monday when a van rammed into worshippers leaving a mosque, witnesses said, in what British police described as a "major incident".

The Muslim Council of Britain said the vehicle hit people as they were leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque, one of Britain's largest. The attack comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when people attend prayers at night.

Two worshippers were feared killed, according to the Sun newspaper, but there was no immediate confirmation of this.

Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with those injured in "this terrible incident". The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said he was "totally shocked".

Police said they were called just after 12:20 a.m. (2320 GMT Sunday) to reports of a collision on Seven Sisters Road, which runs through the Finsbury Park area of the city. They said there were a number of casualties and one person had been arrested.

"From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside. … Everybody was shouting: 'A van’s hit people, a van’s hit people'," one woman who lives opposite the scene told the BBC.

"There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished. I didn’t see the attacker himself, although he seems to have been arrested, but I did see the van."

A man leapt out of the van and stabbed at least one person, the Evening Standard newspaper reported, citing witnesses. Reuters could not immediately confirm that report.

The incident comes just over two weeks after three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars, killing eight..

It also comes at a time of political turmoil, as Prime Minister May plunges into divorce talks with the European Union weakened by the loss of her parliamentary majority in a June 8 election.(Reuters)

  Comments - 6

  • sachith Monday, 19 June 2017 10:04 AM

    Armed SAS solders were placed on the road as homeless people to stop these kind of attacks but still its happening.

    Shelly Monday, 19 June 2017 10:55 AM

    And again a WHITE van. Terrible. via DM Android App

    Gobba Monday, 19 June 2017 01:32 PM

    Mentally retarted white person would be the verdict !!!!

    REEZ Monday, 19 June 2017 01:39 PM

    May be they have hired our abandoned white vans.

    nick Monday, 19 June 2017 01:42 PM

    media has been instructed not to use terrorist name in this as its a white man who did it only if a moslem involved its terrorist double standard pathetic via DM Android App

    v.carlos Monday, 19 June 2017 02:26 PM

    its not possible to protect against what someone does with his car or van

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