In Britain, a driver plowed into a crowd of Muslims near a North London mosque today, killing one person and injuring eight others in what British officials are calling a terrorist attack. Witnesses described a large white man driving a van who accelerated and swerved into a crowd of worshipers who had left night-time prayers marking the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Mohamed Mohdin: “Basically he drove on the pavement, coming straight towards all the Muslims. And as he’s coming to them, he hit all of them. And I think one of them died.”
Unidentified: “One of them died straightaway.”
Mohamed Mohdin: “Straightaway, one of them died. And then the rest are in a bad condition.”
Reporter: “Sir, can you give me—how many people did you see lying injured on the floor? Try and remember.”
Mohamed Mohdin: “About seven, eight.”
Reporter: “And they were seriously injured?”
Mohamed Mohdin: “Seriously injured. And then, as the police come, they moved all of us quick.”
One witness said the driver shouted, “I want to kill Muslims!” Survivors of the attack pinned the man to the ground until police arrived on the scene and arrested him. British Prime Minister Theresa May said police were treating the incident as a terrorist attack. It was the third time in recent weeks in Britain that an attacker used a vehicle as a weapon aimed at pedestrians.