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British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Finsbury Park Mosque in the Finsbury Park area of north London, on June 19, 2017, after visiting the scene of a vehicle attack on pedestrians nearby.
Ten people were injured when a van drove into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near a mosque in London in the early hours of Monday, and a man who had been taken ill before the attack died at the scene. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Finsbury Park Mosque in the Finsbury Park area of north London, on June 19, 2017, after visiting the scene of a vehicle attack on pedestrians nearby. Ten people were injured when a van drove into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near a mosque in London in the early hours of Monday, and a man who had been taken ill before the attack died at the scene. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

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Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, centre, stands with religious and community leaders during a press conference near to Finsbury Park Mosque, the scene of an incident, in Finsbury Park, north London, Monday, June 19, 2017. London police, already stretched by a series of major incidents around the capital, are putting more officers on the street to reassure the public after a driver plowed into a crowd of people leaving a mosque early Monday. One man died at the scene and 10 people were injured. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, centre, stands with religious and community leaders during a press conference near to Finsbury Park Mosque, the scene of an incident, in Finsbury Park, north London, Monday, June 19, 2017. London police, already stretched by a series of major incidents around the capital, are putting more officers on the street to reassure the public after a driver plowed into a crowd of people leaving a mosque early Monday. One man died at the scene and 10 people were injured. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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The scene in a street in Finsbury Park, north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after the van pictured struck pedestrians. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 19, 2017. See PA story POLICE SevenSisters. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

The scene in a street in Finsbury Park, north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after the van pictured struck pedestrians. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 19, 2017. See PA story POLICE SevenSisters. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

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British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Finsbury Park Mosque in the Finsbury Park area of north London, on June 19, 2017, following an vehicle attack on pedestrians nearby.
Ten people were injured when a van drove into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near a mosque in London in the early hours of Monday, and a man who had been taken ill before the attack died at the scene. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Finsbury Park Mosque in the Finsbury Park area of north London, on June 19, 2017, following an vehicle attack on pedestrians nearby. Ten people were injured when a van drove into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near a mosque in London in the early hours of Monday, and a man who had been taken ill before the attack died at the scene. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

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Prime Minister Theresa May speaking in Downing Street after a COBRA meeting following an incident in Finsbury Park, north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after a van struck pedestrians. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 19, 2017. See PA story POLICE SevenSisters. Photo credit should read: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Prime Minister Theresa May speaking in Downing Street after a COBRA meeting following an incident in Finsbury Park, north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after a van struck pedestrians. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 19, 2017. See PA story POLICE SevenSisters. Photo credit should read: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

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Britain's Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid (R) comforts local resident Luna Leila Begum in the Finsbury Park area of north London, June 19, 2017 as he visits the scene where a vehicle was driven into pedestrians.
Ten people were injured when a van drove into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near a mosque in London in the early hours of Monday, and a man who had been taken ill before the attack died at the scene. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENTOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images

Britain's Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid (R) comforts local resident Luna Leila Begum in the Finsbury Park area of north London, June 19, 2017 as he visits the scene where a vehicle was driven into pedestrians. Ten people were injured when a van drove into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near a mosque in London in the early hours of Monday, and a man who had been taken ill before the attack died at the scene. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENTOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19:  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (C-R) looks on as community and religious leaders speak at the scene of a terror attack in Finsbury Park in the early hours of this morning, on June 19, 2017 in London, England. Worshippers were struck by a hired van as they were leaving Finsbury Park mosque in North London after Ramadan prayers. One person was killed in the terror attack with a further 10 people injured.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (C-R) looks on as community and religious leaders speak at the scene of a terror attack in Finsbury Park in the early hours of this morning, on June 19, 2017 in London, England. Worshippers were struck by a hired van as they were leaving Finsbury Park mosque in North London after Ramadan prayers. One person was killed in the terror attack with a further 10 people injured. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn join others in Finsbury Park, north London, near where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after a rental van struck pedestrians. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 19, 2017. See PA story POLICE SevenSisters. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn join others in Finsbury Park, north London, near where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after a rental van struck pedestrians. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 19, 2017. See PA story POLICE SevenSisters. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

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A general view of Pontyclun Van Hire in Pontyclun, Mid Glamorgan, as a van hired from the company was found in Finsbury Park, north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after the vehicle struck pedestrians. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 19, 2017. See PA story POLICE SevenSisters. Photo credit should read: Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire

A general view of Pontyclun Van Hire in Pontyclun, Mid Glamorgan, as a van hired from the company was found in Finsbury Park, north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after the vehicle struck pedestrians. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 19, 2017. See PA story POLICE SevenSisters. Photo credit should read: Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire

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Members of the media gather at a Police near the scene in Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehicle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017.
All the victims of a van attack on worshippers near a north London mosque were Muslim but the man who died at the scene may have been taken ill before it happened, police said on Monday. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Members of the media gather at a Police near the scene in Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehicle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017. All the victims of a van attack on worshippers near a north London mosque were Muslim but the man who died at the scene may have been taken ill before it happened, police said on Monday. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

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A cyclist lays tribute outside Finsbury Park Mosque in the Finsbury Park area of north London, on June 19, 2017, near to where a vehicle was driven into pedestrians. 
Ten people were injured when a van drove into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near a mosque in London in the early hours of Monday, and a man who had been taken ill before the attack died at the scene. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENTOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images

A cyclist lays tribute outside Finsbury Park Mosque in the Finsbury Park area of north London, on June 19, 2017, near to where a vehicle was driven into pedestrians. Ten people were injured when a van drove into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near a mosque in London in the early hours of Monday, and a man who had been taken ill before the attack died at the scene. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENTOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images

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A police officer lays flowers inside a police cordon near the scene in Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehicle was driven into pedestrians, on June 19, 2017.
Ten people were injured when a van drove into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near a mosque in London in the early hours of Monday, and a man who had been taken ill before the attack died at the scene. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENTOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images

A police officer lays flowers inside a police cordon near the scene in Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehicle was driven into pedestrians, on June 19, 2017. Ten people were injured when a van drove into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near a mosque in London in the early hours of Monday, and a man who had been taken ill before the attack died at the scene. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENTOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19:  Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid (L) speaks to an Imam at the scene of a terror attack in Finsbury Park in the early hours of this morning, on June 19, 2017 in London, England. Worshippers were struck by a hired van as they were leaving Finsbury Park mosque in North London after Ramadan prayers. One person was killed in the terror attack with a further 10 people injured.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid (L) speaks to an Imam at the scene of a terror attack in Finsbury Park in the early hours of this morning, on June 19, 2017 in London, England. Worshippers were struck by a hired van as they were leaving Finsbury Park mosque in North London after Ramadan prayers. One person was killed in the terror attack with a further 10 people injured. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19:  Flowers are left outside Finsbury Park mosque near the scene of a terror attack in Finsbury Park in the early hours of this morning, on June 19, 2017 in London, England. Worshippers were struck by a hired van as they were leaving Finsbury Park mosque in North London after Ramadan prayers. One person was killed in the terror attack with a further 10 people injured.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Flowers are left outside Finsbury Park mosque near the scene of a terror attack in Finsbury Park in the early hours of this morning, on June 19, 2017 in London, England. Worshippers were struck by a hired van as they were leaving Finsbury Park mosque in North London after Ramadan prayers. One person was killed in the terror attack with a further 10 people injured. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19:  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visits the scene of a terror attack in Finsbury Park in the early hours of this morning, on June 19, 2017 in London, England. Worshippers were struck by a hired van as they were leaving Finsbury Park mosque in North London after Ramadan prayers. One person was killed in the terror attack with a further 10 people injured.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visits the scene of a terror attack in Finsbury Park in the early hours of this morning, on June 19, 2017 in London, England. Worshippers were struck by a hired van as they were leaving Finsbury Park mosque in North London after Ramadan prayers. One person was killed in the terror attack with a further 10 people injured. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

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Police man a cordon at Finsbury Park in north London, where one person has been arrested after a vehicle struck pedestrians, leaving "a number of casualties".: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Police man a cordon at Finsbury Park in north London, where one person has been arrested after a vehicle struck pedestrians, leaving "a number of casualties".: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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A London Fire Brigade vehicle passes through a police cordon at Finsbury Park in north London, where one person has been arrested after a vehicle struck pedestrians, leaving "a number of casualties".  Yui Mok/PA Wire

A London Fire Brigade vehicle passes through a police cordon at Finsbury Park in north London, where one person has been arrested after a vehicle struck pedestrians, leaving "a number of casualties". Yui Mok/PA Wire

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Picture taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Jennifer Heape showing ambulances deployed at Finsbury Park on the Seven Sisters Road in north London, where one person has been arrested after a vehicle struck pedestrians, leaving "a number of casualties".  Jennifer Heape/PA Wire

Picture taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Jennifer Heape showing ambulances deployed at Finsbury Park on the Seven Sisters Road in north London, where one person has been arrested after a vehicle struck pedestrians, leaving "a number of casualties". Jennifer Heape/PA Wire

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Police cordon off a street in the Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehichle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017. 
One person has been arrested after a vehicle hit pedestrians in north London, injuring several people, police said Monday, as Muslim leaders said worshippers were mown down after leaving a mosque. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Police cordon off a street in the Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehichle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017. One person has been arrested after a vehicle hit pedestrians in north London, injuring several people, police said Monday, as Muslim leaders said worshippers were mown down after leaving a mosque. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

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Police officers man a cordon at Finsbury Park in north London, where one person has been arrested after a vehicle struck pedestrians, leaving "a number of casualties".Yui Mok/PA Wire

Police officers man a cordon at Finsbury Park in north London, where one person has been arrested after a vehicle struck pedestrians, leaving "a number of casualties".Yui Mok/PA Wire

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Police guard a street in the Finsbury Park area of north London where a vehichle hit pedestrians on June 19, 2017. 
One person has been arrested after a vehicle hit pedestrians in north London, injuring several people, police said Monday, as Muslim leaders said worshippers were mown down after leaving a mosque. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Police guard a street in the Finsbury Park area of north London where a vehichle hit pedestrians on June 19, 2017. One person has been arrested after a vehicle hit pedestrians in north London, injuring several people, police said Monday, as Muslim leaders said worshippers were mown down after leaving a mosque. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

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A police forensic investigator talks to a uniformed officer at Finsbury Park in north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after a van struck pedestrians.  Victoria Jones/PA Wire

A police forensic investigator talks to a uniformed officer at Finsbury Park in north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after a van struck pedestrians. Victoria Jones/PA Wire

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Muslims pray on a sidewalk in the Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehichle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017. 
One person has been arrested after a vehicle hit pedestrians in north London, injuring several people, police said Monday, as Muslim leaders said worshippers were mown down after leaving a mosque. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Muslims pray on a sidewalk in the Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehichle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017. One person has been arrested after a vehicle hit pedestrians in north London, injuring several people, police said Monday, as Muslim leaders said worshippers were mown down after leaving a mosque. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

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Onlookers watch proceedings at the security cordon at the scene in Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehichle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017. 
One man was killed and eight people hospitalised when a van ran into pedestrians near a mosque in north London in an incident that is being investigated by counter-terrorism officers, police said on Monday. The 48-year-old male driver of the van "was found detained by members of the public at the scene and then arrested by police," a police statement said.
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Onlookers watch proceedings at the security cordon at the scene in Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehichle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017. One man was killed and eight people hospitalised when a van ran into pedestrians near a mosque in north London in an incident that is being investigated by counter-terrorism officers, police said on Monday. The 48-year-old male driver of the van "was found detained by members of the public at the scene and then arrested by police," a police statement said. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENTOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images

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Onlookers watch proceedings at the security cordon at the scene in Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehichle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017. 
One man was killed and eight people hospitalised when a van ran into pedestrians near a mosque in north London in an incident that is being investigated by counter-terrorism officers, police said on Monday. The 48-year-old male driver of the van "was found detained by members of the public at the scene and then arrested by police," a police statement said.
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Onlookers watch proceedings at the security cordon at the scene in Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehichle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017. One man was killed and eight people hospitalised when a van ran into pedestrians near a mosque in north London in an incident that is being investigated by counter-terrorism officers, police said on Monday. The 48-year-old male driver of the van "was found detained by members of the public at the scene and then arrested by police," a police statement said. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENTOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: A police forensics tent is erected by the scene of an incident in which a van hit worshippers near Finsbury Park Mosque on June 19, 2017 in London, England. According to reports, worshipers were struck as they were leaving a mosque in North London after Ramadan prayers.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: A police forensics tent is erected by the scene of an incident in which a van hit worshippers near Finsbury Park Mosque on June 19, 2017 in London, England. According to reports, worshipers were struck as they were leaving a mosque in North London after Ramadan prayers. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

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Forensic offiers work at the scene in Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehichle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017. 
One man was killed and eight people hospitalised when a van ran into pedestrians near a mosque in north London in an incident that is being investigated by counter-terrorism officers, police said on Monday. The 48-year-old male driver of the van "was found detained by members of the public at the scene and then arrested by police," a police statement said.
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Forensic offiers work at the scene in Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehichle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017. One man was killed and eight people hospitalised when a van ran into pedestrians near a mosque in north London in an incident that is being investigated by counter-terrorism officers, police said on Monday. The 48-year-old male driver of the van "was found detained by members of the public at the scene and then arrested by police," a police statement said. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENTOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images

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Armed police officers man a cordon in Finsbury Park, north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after a van struck pedestrians. Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Armed police officers man a cordon in Finsbury Park, north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after a van struck pedestrians. Victoria Jones/PA Wire

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A police photographer records the scene at Finsbury Park in north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after a van struck pedestrians.  Victoria Jones/PA Wire

A police photographer records the scene at Finsbury Park in north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after a van struck pedestrians. Victoria Jones/PA Wire

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A forensic tent stands next to a van in Finsbury Park, north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after the vehicle struck pedestrians.  Victoria Jones/PA Wire

A forensic tent stands next to a van in Finsbury Park, north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after the vehicle struck pedestrians. Victoria Jones/PA Wire

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A forensic tent stands next to a van in Finsbury Park, north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after the vehicle struck pedestrians. Victoria Jones/PA Wire

A forensic tent stands next to a van in Finsbury Park, north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after the vehicle struck pedestrians. Victoria Jones/PA Wire

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A police evidence gatherer stand in a street in Finsbury Park, north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after a van struck pedestrians. Victoria Jones/PA Wire

A police evidence gatherer stand in a street in Finsbury Park, north London, where one man has died, eight people taken to hospital and a person arrested after a van struck pedestrians. Victoria Jones/PA Wire

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British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Finsbury Park Mosque in the Finsbury Park area of north London, on June 19, 2017, after visiting the scene of a vehicle attack on pedestrians nearby. Ten people were injured when a van drove into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near a mosque in London in the early hours of Monday, and a man who had been taken ill before the attack died at the scene. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

The Muslim Council of Britain has called for extra security around mosques, describing the Finsbury Park van attack as “the most violent manifestation” of Islamophobia.

The council’s secretary general Harun Khan said he expected authorities to step up security “as a matter of urgency”, adding many would feel “terrorised” following the incident outside the Muslim Welfare House in Seven Sisters Road.

He said: “According to eyewitness accounts and videos taken after the incident, it appears that a white man in a van intentionally ploughed into a group of worshippers who were already tending to someone who had been taken ill.

“We do not know how many were injured or killed, but our prayers are with the victims and families.

“During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship. It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia.

“Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia and this is the most violent manifestation to date.

“Given we are approaching the end of the month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid with many Muslims going to local mosques, we expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency.

“Muslim communities have been calling for increased action to tackle the growth in hate crime for many years and transformative action must now be taken to tackle not only this incident but the hugely worrying growth in Islamophobia.

Many will feel terrorised, no doubt be angry and saddened by what has taken place tonight.

“We urge calm as the investigation establishes the full facts, and in these last days of Ramadan, pray for those affected and for justice.”

Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organisation which speaks out against extremism, said: “I utterly condemn the senseless and evil van attack against Muslim worshippers outside the Finsbury Park Mosque in London.

“According to eyewitnesses this was a deliberate attack against innocent Muslims going about their life.

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Picture taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Jennifer Heape showing ambulances deployed at Finsbury Park (Jennifer Heape/PA)

Picture taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Jennifer Heape showing ambulances deployed at Finsbury Park (Jennifer Heape/PA)

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Picture taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Jennifer Heape showing ambulances deployed at Finsbury Park (Jennifer Heape/PA)

“We should make clear that if this attack is confirmed as a deliberate terrorist attack then this should be classed as an act of terrorism. The British Muslim community requires all decent people to stand with us against this evil violence.

“Rampant Islamaphobia has been on the rise for a number of years and those on the far right have perpetuated hatred against Muslims. They should be called out for their hatred.

“The days ahead will be difficult, but with unity and tolerance we will prevail. We will not allow these far right extremists to divide our diverse communities. Enough is enough, my condolences and prayers for all the victims and their families. They are in my prayers.”

Labour leader and local Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn expressed his shock at what had happened, writing on Twitter: “I’m totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight.

“I’ve been in touch with the mosques, police and Islington council regarding the incident. My thoughts are with those and the community affected by this awful event.”

Meanwhile, chairman of the mosque at Finsbury Park, Mohammed Kozbar, tweeted: “Our thoughts and prayers with those who got injured and effected by this cowardly attack in Finsbury Park area, many casualties in the floor.”

The widower of murdered MP Jo Cox spoke out on Twitter as news of the attack broke, saying that the far right and Islamist terrorists shared an ideology and both must be defeated.

Brendan Cox tweeted: “Far right facists&Islamist terrorists are driven by same hatred of difference, same ideology of supremacy&use same tactics.We’ll defeat both.

“When islamist terrorists attack we rightly seek out hate preachers who spur them on. We must do the same to those who peddle Islamophobia”.

Mother-of-two Mrs Cox, who represented the Batley and Spen conctituency in West Yorkshire, was shot and stabbed as she arrived for a constituency surgery in Birstall on June 16 last year.

Right-wing loner Thomas Mair was given a whole life term at the Old Bailey in November after being convicted of her murder.

The attack happened after a weekend of events as part of The Great Get Together, which saw communities across the country get together to mark the anniversary of the Labour MP’s murder with positivity.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged people to “remain calm and vigilant”.

He said: “We don’t yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.

“While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect.

“The situation is still unfolding and I urge all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant. Please report anything suspicious to the police, but only call 999 in an emergency.

“The Met have deployed extra police to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan.”

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