One man has died and 10 others were injured when a van was rammed into worshippers in a terror attack near a London mosque, before the driver is said to have screamed: "I'm going to kill all Muslims". In 2013, Ukrainian neo-Nazi Pavlo Lapshyn murdered 82-year-old grandfather Mohammed Saleem and tried to bomb several West Midlands mosques in the hopes of instigating a "race war".
The Counter Terrorism Command has been deployed to investigate the incident with policing agreeing that it could be a terrorist attack.
"The appalling attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park is an attack on us all and on the culture and values of our country". "Everybody was shouting: "A van's hit people, a van's hit people", one woman who lives opposite the scene told the BBC. "While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the awful attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect", he said.
At many Tube stations across the city, it's tradition to write a "thought of the day" on whiteboards inside the station.
Another witness, Adil Rana, 24, said: "The van was driving towards us to try and basically hit us at speed".
On June 3, eight people were killed and scores more injured after a van containing three Islamic terrorists smashed into pedestrians on London Bridge.
The Finsbury Park Mosque - located in a vibrant, multicultural area of north London - was once closely associated with extremism.
"When the guy came out from his van, he wanted to escape, run away and he was saying 'I want to kill Muslims, I want to kill Muslims'".
The British prime minister, Theresa May, said the attack had "once again targeted the ordinary and the innocent going about their daily lives - this time, British Muslims as they left a mosque, having broken their fast and prayed together at this sacred time of year".
She says that since the recent attacks in Manchester and London, she leaves the house every morning wondering if someone will say something to her because of the way she dresses.
Police confirmed the incident is being treated as a terror attack after a hired van ploughed into a group of people leaving Ramadan prayers outside the Muslim Welfare House, near Finsbury Park mosque, just after midnight. Early police caution about declaring the incident to be terrorist-related was interpreted by the community as discriminatory.
Various reports suggest the attacker shouted versions of wanting "to kill all Muslims" and that he "did my bit".
The leader of the opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn also tweeted about the crash. It said its prayers are with the victims.
The agency says the operation checked more than 22,193 people and 6,056 vehicles at more than 2,900 locations in industries including transportation, agriculture, maritime, food processing and catering.
He said: "By God's grace we managed to surround [the suspect] and to protect him from any harm". It has been reported that the man who died was receiving medical attention from the public at the time of the incident.
This is the fourth terror attack in the United Kingdom in four months, after incidents in Westminster, Manchester and on London Bridge.
Manchester was also hit in May when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.
On March 22, a man killed five people after he drove a auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death.