Vehicle hits pedestrians outside London mosque, causes 'a number of casualties'

(CNN Newsource)

Authorities have arrested at least one person after a vehicle struck pedestrians and caused "a number of casualties" near a London mosque early Monday morning, London Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

The crash took place around 8 p.m. ET Sunday in Finsbury Park -- a neighborhood where many immigrants live, CNN reported.

Some of the victims were worshippers leaving a local mosque, the Muslim Council of Britain said. A service celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan had recently ended, and attendees were emptying out into the street.

The Finsbury Park mosque was associated with extremist ideology following the 9/11 attacks in the United States before closing down and undergoing reorganization, The Associated Press reported. It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.

The intersection where the collision occurred has since been closed, officials said. Police referred to the crash as a "major incident."

Authorities have yet to publicize a cause for the collision. However, the Britain terrorist alert has been set to "severe" -- meaning an attack is highly likely, The Associated Press reported.

Weeks ago, a van rammed into pedestrians on London Bridge, triggering a wave of vehicle and knife attacks that left eight dead and many injured. The three Muslim extremists found guilty of planning the attack were later killed by police.


This story is developing and will be updated.

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