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London crash: Van slams into crowd leaving mosque, one arrested

A vehicle struck pedestrians outside a mosque in north London early Monday morning, causing several casualties, police said.

The Muslim Council of Britain said its "prayers are with the victims". CNN is reporting that the incident occurred near a mosque as people were leaving a service.

The police said they were called after reports of a collision on Seven Sisters Road, which runs through the Finsbury Park area of the city.

Police say there have been a "number of casualties", though it was not disclosed how serious the injuries were or exactly how many people were hurt. "There has been one person arrested", the statement further added.

Metropolitan Police said officers were called to the scene on Seven Sisters Road at 12:20 a.m. Monday.

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The Sun newspaper said a van hit a crowd of people near Finsbury Park mosque.

Helicopters buzzed overhead, and ambulances and police cars raced to the scene.

Witnesses said the area was busy because worshippers had been attending evening prayers.

London police have declared the crash a major incident and closed the area to normal traffic.

Eight people were killed and 50 injured on June 3 when three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars.

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