Met police have confirmed they are responding to a “serious incident” in North London on Seven Sister Road outside the Finsbury Park Mosque where a man drove into alleged Muslims leaving Ramadan prayers. According to the BBC, one person has been arrested and “a number of casualties” have been confirmed.
Here’s what we know so far:
1. A Video Shows a Man Being Arrested, Allegedly the Driver
A video shared on Twitter shows a man being arrested or by police. A name or motive is not yet known.
2. The Incident Is Not Confirmed Terrorism
According to reports, the act is not yet confirmed to be deliberate.
3. The Injured Appear to Be Mostly Muslims
4. The Mosque Has Former Terrorism Links
Al Qaeda operatives attended Finsbury Park Mosque, reports The Independent.
5. ISIS Has Instructed Muslims to Run Over Non-Muslims With Cars
In an ISIS magazine article from November 2016, ISIS suggested to jihadists how to carry out a successful attack as a lone wolf operative. In the article, ISIS said that a lone wolf should use a vehicle to plow into a crowd and to carry a secondary weapon.
Soon after, an ISIS-inspired student carried out vehicular attack on Ohio State University. The perpetrator, Somali-born Abdul Razak Ali Artan, also carried a machete. ISIS later claimed the attacked and named Artan as one of their “soldiers.”
A similar attack claimed by ISIS was carried out on July 14, 2016 at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France by Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel. Bouhlel is responsible for murdering up to 84 people by ramming into them with a truck and shooting at them.
A similar ISIS attack took place at a Christmas market attack that killed 12 and injured 48 at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin-Charlottenburg, Germany in late 2016.
WATCH: Man Arrested After Driving Van Over ‘Muslims’ in North London
A man is shown being arrested near Finsbury Park after his car drove into people, claimed to be Muslims. The incident happened outside a mosque near Seven Sisters Road.
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