The Latest: London faith leaders hold moment of silence


LONDON (AP) – The Latest on a van plowing into a crowd outside a London mosque (all times local):

12:55 p.m.

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The chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque and other faith leaders in London have held a moment of silence for victims of a driver who plowed into a crowd of worshippers leaving a Ramadan prayer service.

After the silence, Mohammed Kozbar read a brief statement declaring that an “an attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths.”

Kozbar was surrounded by leaders of other faiths in the community and by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is the local member of Parliament for the area.

A 48-year-old white man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder and police say they’re investigating it as a terror attack.

Ten people have been injured.

A man who was being given first aid at the time died at the scene, but it’s not clear if he died as a direct result of the attack.


12:45 p.m.

Prime Minister Theresa May has praised the bravery of members of the public who detained the driver of a van that plowed into a crowd of worshippers outside a London mosque.

Speaking outside her Downing Street office, a somber May says the driver of the van was a 48-year-old white man. May says he was bravely detained by members of the public at the scene and then arrested by police.

The chief executive of the Muslim Welfare House tells Sky News a local imam intervened to keep the van driver from being attacked by the crowd outside the Finsbury Park Mosque.

Eight people were in the hospital and two more were treated at the site of the incident.

One person died at the scene but it’s not clear if he died from the attack or something else.


12 p.m.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has described an attack on a north London mosque attack as a “sickening” attempt to destroy liberties that unite Britain, such as freedom of worship.

May says the man who plowed a van into a crowd of people leaving evening prayers acted alone and that people outside the mosque apprehended him.

Ten people were injured and police are investigating whether a man who died while being given first aid at the scene died from the attack or something else.

May praised the resolve of the people of London in responding to the incident and said extra police resources have already been deployed to assure the public in a time of tension.


11:35 a.m.

London police say they’re investigating whether the death of a man outside a London mosque was the direct result of a van plowing into a crowd of Muslim worshippers.

Ten people were injured in the attack, which police are treating as a terrorist incident. Eight have been hospitalized.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Police say in a statement that a worshipper was receiving first aid outside the mosque at the time of the attack. He died at the scene, but they say it’s not clear if he died from the van attack or something else.


8:30 a.m.

London police say one suspect has been detained in an apparent early-morning attack on worshippers standing outside a mosque.

Police say incident has all the “hallmarks” of a terrorist” incident. Police said a suspect was quickly and calmly turned over to the police, and that no one else was found in the van.

One man died at the scene and 10 people were injured.


5:45 a.m.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will chair an emergency session of the security Cabinet later Monday after a van crash in London that is being investigating as possible terrorism.

A van struck several worshippers leaving the Finsbury Park mosque early Monday morning after Ramadan prayers.

The driver was arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution.

May says police are treating the crash as a potential terrorist attack.

One person was killed and 10 were hurt.


5:15 a.m.

Police say the driver of a van that hit pedestrians on a London road is a 48-year-old man who has been arrested and taken to a hospital.

The van struck a crowd of worshippers leaving a mosque early Monday morning, killing one person and injuring several others. Eight of the injured were taken to hospitals and the rest were treated at the scene.

Several hundred worshippers would have been in the area at the time after attending prayers as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Police said the Counter Terrorism Command was investigating the crash.

Britain’s terrorist alert has been set at “severe” meaning an attack is highly likely.

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