A man has died and eight people have been injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians near a north London mosque.
The van mounted the pavement and struck a group of people just after midnight near Finsbury Park Mosque in Seven Sisters Road. A 48-year-old man has been arrested.
Prime Minister Theresa May said police were treating it “as a potential terrorist attack”.
The Muslim Council of Britain said a van intentionally ran over worshippers.
Eyewitness Abdul Rahman told the BBC he struck one of the attackers and helped subdue him.
“When the guy came out from his van he wanted to escape, run away and he was saying ‘I want to kill Muslims. ‘I want to kill Muslims.’
“I hit him on his stomach… and then me and the other guys… we held him to the ground until he couldn’t move. We stopped him until the police came.”
Counter-terrorism officers are at the scene, the Metropolitan Police said.
Muslims at Nakasero Mosque have linked the early morning raid by operatives from the Joint Anti-Terrorism Task-JATT to the proposed Ummah House project. A team of JATT operatives raided on Nakasero Mosque on Plot 4 Snay bin Amin Street in Kampala at 1am and carried away six computers, vital documents, USD 4800 and over Shillings 5 million.
The operatives also picked up about ten people from the mosque. Habib Buwembo, the Mosque Publicity Secretary, believes the raid is connected to the proposed Ummah house project. The Shillings 10 billion project is the brain child of Sheikh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga, the jailed leader of Jamat Dawatil Salafiya.
According to the artistic impression, once completed, the project will host the headquarters of the group, a library, health facilities and recreational facilities. Buwembo explains that each time any of their leaders or members is picked up by security they are questioned about the Ummah house project.
He explains that part of the money and documents taken away by the operatives were for the project. Buwembo says there was no justification for police to raid the mosque in the wee hours.
Ali Mutaasa, another Muslim wonders why security doesn’t respect the Muslim leadership. Sheikh Milad Kaluma, wonders why security is so interested in the Ummah house project.
Emilian Kayima, the spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan Police declined to comment on the raid, saying police will issue a statement in due time. It is also not yet clear whether the raid is in anyway connected to the arrest of top leaders of Jamat Dawatil Salafiya including the acting Amir Ummah, Sheikh Yahaya Mwanje and General Secretary, Ayub Nyende among others.
Tension has been high at Nakasero mosque since the top officials were picked up in connection to the killing of Sheikh Major Muhammad Kiggundu.