One person was killed and several others injured as a van rammed into a crowd of Muslim worshippers in North London. British police have said the attack is being investigated as a terror attack.
The driver of the van was wrestled to the ground by members of the public and was later arrested by police. Police believed that the attacker acted alone, despite earlier reports from witnesses, who had said they saw two other people flee the scene.
Three men who say they helped to restrain the suspect in the attack near the mosque have praised an imam who urged the crowd not to do him any harm. “The imam came from the mosque and he said ‘listen we are fasting, this is Ramadan, we are not supposed to do these kinds of things so please step back,” one of the men said.
Prime Minister Theresa May will chair an emergency meeting on Monday morning. “All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene,” she said.
The prime minister paid tribute to the “extraordinary” people of London and the way the public detained the attacker.
The recent attack comes in the wake of previous deadly attacks in the UK in the past weeks.