London police say a 47-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder as well as attempted murder after a vehicle plowed into a crowd of pedestrians near a north London mosque.
Witnesses described hearing the man, who was detained by members of the public at the scene, shout: "I'm going to kill Muslims". He called the incident a "horrific terrorist attack".
There were no reports of anyone suffering knife injuries, police said.
GRANT STINCHFIELD (HOST): I was going to first ask you about the maybe attack in London, where again we had a van drive through folks it appears, in front of a mosque.
A spokesman for the company said: 'We at Pontyclun Van Hire are shocked and saddened by the incident that took place at Finsbury Park last night.
London mayor Sadiq Khan said the attack was deliberate and targeted innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing Ramadan prayers.
"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.
British security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with official policy, said hate crimes directed at Muslims have increased almost five-fold in the wake of several attacks in Britain. "And we have made it very clear that we stand ready to provide and support or assistance that they need".
Toufik Kacimi, CEO of the Muslim Welfare House, a community center and mosque near the scene, told CNN that the imam "went quickly and grabbed the guy because the people there were trying to hit and kick the guy, but he saved him, and kept him safe until the police arrived". "All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services", she said in a statement.
Eight people were killed and more than 40 injured in the June 3 attack before the men were shot to death by authorities.