Islamic State channels celebrating the news about a van driving into people outside a welfare house near the Finsbury Park Mosque reacted after learning the white, male driver may not be Muslim.
Prior to the news that driver was not Muslims, ISIS channels looked like this:
The incident happened near Seven Sisters Road right after 12:20 a.m. According to reports, people were leaving welfare house when a driver crashed into them.
According to one witness, bystanders confronted the driver and held him until the police came. According to the BBC, one person has been arrested and “a number of casualties” have been confirmed. London Ambulance writes, “We have a number of ambulance crews and specialist teams on scene at the incident.” Reuters reports 3 people are “seriously injured.”
The act is not yet confirmed to be deliberate. One witness told LBC, “It looked like he had lost control of the van or something.” However, the Muslim Council of Britain claims they believe the act was intentional. Sky News is also reporting that the man “deliberately headed into crowd.”
Two recent car rammings in New York and Amsterdam were not terrorism-related but due to the negligence of intoxicated drivers.
The Muslims had been taking part in Ramadan services. Some witnesses claim that the victims were Muslims taking part in Tarawih, extra prayers performed by Sunni Muslims at night during the the month of Ramadan. The Muslim Council of Britain has said that their “prayers are with the victims.”
Al Qaeda operatives attended Finsbury Park Mosque, reports The Independent. Abu Hamza al-Masri was its former imam and was a preacher of militant Islamism.
The BBC writes about the mosque, “Finsbury Park Mosque has long been synonymous with the worst fears about Islamist extremism in Britain. The mosque’s new leadership have been struggling to reclaim it for the local community” following the arrest of al-Masri in 2006. al-Masri is serving a life sentence at an American federal supermax prison in Colorado.