Finsbury Park: Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May say thoughts are with victims after van ploughs into mosque worshippers in Seven Sisters Road

Both Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Prime Minister Theresa May have said they are shocked after a van ploughed into worshippers leaving Finsbury Park mosque.

Mr Corbyn added his thoughts were with the victims and their families, while Mrs May said it was a “terrible incident”.

At about 12.15 on Monday a van hit pedestrians in Seven Sisters Road. About 10 people were injured and one person is fighting for their life.

A man has been arrested, say police.

Mr Corbyn said: “I am 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.”

Mrs May added: “All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene.”

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.

“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.


Shock: Local people observe prayers at Finsbury Park (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

“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.


Response: An armed police officer mans a cordon on the Seven Sisters Road at Finsbury Park (PA)

“Enough is enough, my condolences and prayers for all the victims and their families.

“They are in my prayers.”

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