A man has died and eight people have been injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians near a north London mosque.
According to BBC, the van mounted the pavement and struck a group of people just after midnight near Finsbury Park Mosque in Seven Sisters Road. The Muslim Council of Britain said a van intentionally ran over worshippers.
Prime Minister Theresa May said police were treating it “as a potential terrorist attack”.
She described the attack as a “terrible incident”, adding: “All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene.”
The PM will chair a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee later.
Eyewitness Abdul Rahman told the media he confronted the and attackers and helped subdue him.
“When the guy came out from his van he wanted to escape, run away and he was saying ‘I want to kill Muslims. ‘I want to kill Muslims.’
“I hit him on his stomach… and then me and the other guys… we held him to the ground until he couldn’t move. We stopped him until the police came.”
Counter-terrorism officers are at the scene, the Metropolitan Police said.
Police said there were no reports of anyone suffering from knife injuries after speculation at the scene the driver was armed with a knife.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London has also asked people to “remain calm and vigilant”.
“We don’t yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan,” he said.
“While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect,” the Mayor added.
There have been about three lone-wolf terror attacks in Britain recently.
Six people, including the attacker, were killed and about 50 others injured when a car mowed through pedestrians near the British parliament building in Westminster, London in March.
A few weeks later 22 concert goers were killed as a suicide bomber detonated explosives in a packed hall in Manchester.
And days later, a van ploughed through pedestrians along the London bridge and the attackers came down and attacked members of the public with knives. Eight people were killed in the incident, including the three attackers.