At least one person is dead and 10 others were injured when a van drove into a group of worshippers outside a London mosque early Monday in what police are investigating as a potential terrorist incident.
London’s Metropolitan Police said the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Eight others were taken to three area hospitals and two were treated at the scene.
The driver of the man, aged 48, was detained by members of the public at the scene and then arrested by police in connection with the incident, authorities said. He was taken to the hospital and will be subject to a mental health evaluation.
Counter-terrorism police were leading the investigation.
The Muslim Council said in a tweet that worshippers were struck by the van leaving prayers at the Muslim Welfare House. It said its prayers are with the victims.
London police have declared the crash a major incident and closed the area to normal traffic. A helicopter circled above the area as a large cordon was established to keep motorists and pedestrians away.
Eyewitness told Sky News and other British media two other men
Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organization, said that based on eyewitness reports it seems to be a “deliberate attack against innocent Muslims.”
The neighborhood has two mosques, and several hundred worshippers would have been in the area after attending prayers as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Prime Minister Theresa May described the crash as a “terrible incident.” The statement from her office said her thoughts were with the injured, their loved ones and emergency services who responded to the scene.
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain’s Labour Party, said in a tweet he was shocked by the incident.
Lonon Mayor Sadiq Khan decried the incident as a “horrific terrorist attack.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.