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19 June 2017

"The Malaysian High Commission in London is in close contact with the local authorities and is providing timely updates to the Malaysian community in the city over the incident", it said. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and 10 people were injured, with eight of them being taken to the hospital. Two people were treated at the scene.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing police give emergency heart massage to at least one of the injured. He said that the elderly man was dead after that. London police are investigating it as a terrorist incident.

Deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism, said: "The attack unfolded whilst a man was receiving first aid from the public at the scene, sadly, he has died".

"He was shouting "where are all Muslims, I wanna kill all Muslims".

'That could be me one day walking my daughter down the street and someone comes with a vehicle and runs me over because I'm a Muslim. "I hit him on his stomach, and then me and the other guys, we held him to the ground until he couldn't move".

"Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date", he added.

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Mr Rahman told the BBC he struck the man and helped subdue him.

"My elder brother told me there is a guy driving the van and intentionally try to crush people while they were having their coffee", he said. "When he got arrested, he was taunting, saying, "I'd do it again, I'd do it again". He will be given a mental health evaluation.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the incident.

He said as he attended the injured, others grappled with the driver as he tried to run away.

British Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack "terrorist" in nature and condemned it Monday. "We stopped all forms of attack and abuse that were coming from every angle". "We must all continue to stand together, resolute, against all those who try to divide us and spread hate and fear".

"The leader of the mosque said, 'You do not touch him.' He was sitting and holding him like that, people kept holding him".

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"My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected".

"Due to the nature of this incident, extra policing resources have been deployed in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan", it added. "I have assured the leadership of the Mosque and the Muslim Welfare Centre of our prayers and support", said Cardinal Vincent Nichols, in a statement released this morning.

In a statement Khan said, "While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the awful attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge, it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect". "Mosque safety needs to be stepped up and this includes entry and exit points", it said in a statement. The man has since died, but it is unclear whether this is as a result of the attack, police have said.

Members of London's Jewish community are standing in solidarity with Muslims following an apparent terror attack outside a mosque on 18 June.

- May 22, 2017: A British-born suicide bomber who returned from Libya days earlier kills 22 people and injures dozens during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in northern England. Earlier this year, a man plowed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four people before stabbing a police officer outside Parliament.

- Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party tweeted: "I'm totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight".

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the person who died and with all those injured and traumatised by this event. Basu thanked those who detained the driver, adding: "Their restraint in the circumstances was commendable".