Ten other people were injured by the van driver, and police were investigating the crash as a terrorist attack. This time, however, there's a possible twist.
A leader of the Muslim Council of Britain has called for extra security at mosques after a van struck worshippers leaving prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque. Eight of the injured were taken to hospital and two were treated at the scene. This has the local authorities pleading for calm and launching yet another exhausting investigation.
"From 00:21hrs this morning police received a number calls to Seven Sisters Road".
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the US stands with the United Kingdom and is ready to provide any help that British officials would find helpful. "My prayers are with the victims and their families", read the statement.
You can see the obvious hook which several news outlets are already beginning to tease on this story.
"The Mail has misspelled "terrorist" as 'white van driver, ' Rowling wrote".
Eyewitness Abdulraman Aidroos told Anadolu Agency the "white British man" had shouted "I am going to kill Muslims".
CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports one person died at the scene, but police said it was unclear whether his death resulted directly from the vehicle attack. As usual, numerous initial reports may well prove incorrect.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the attack and said it was deliberate and targeted "innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramzan". "Its always been a target", said Sultan Ahmed, a 35-year-old aid worker.
The driver of a van is in custody after he allegedly drove his vehicle into a group of people leaving the Finbury Park Mosque early Monday.
The mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling, and relatives identified the girl as 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen of Reston.
She added: "Everybody was clamoring around and shouting at the man".
"There has been an outpouring of sympathy for all the recent terror attacks but hardly a whisper on this attack", he said. These people are not lovable rogues, they're exactly the same kind of divisive terrorist-inspiring hatemongers as the Islamist hate preachers.
The fact that assaulting and/or murdering anyone is completely unacceptable under any circumstances should go without saying (though sadly, it needs to be repeated for some).
"There has been an outpouring of sympathy for all for the recent terror attacks but hardly a whisper on this attack", he said.
"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", Khan said, adding that there would be "zero tolerance" for hate crimes. "His silence or his delay really sends a negative message to the American Muslim community that their lives and their safety are not as important as the lives and safety of other citizens". "There is far more that unites us than divides us", he added. He wanted the man brought to justice.