Police officers were called to Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park, London, at 00:20 this morning, after a van collided with a group pedestrians outside the Muslim Welfare House.
One man was pronounced dead at the scene and eight people have been taken to hospital.
The driver of the van – a man believed to be aged 48 – was arrested by police on suspicion of attempted murder.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism has confirmed the incident is being treated as a potential terrorist attack. The Prime Minster will be chairing a COBR meeting this morning.
The Home Secretary spoke to broadcasters this morning and released the following statement.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:
My thoughts are with all those affected by the appalling incident at Finsbury Park. I am in contact with the Metropolitan Police who have confirmed it is being investigated by the Counter Terrorism Command.
Yesterday, like so many other around the country, I took part in the Great Get Together to celebrate the values of Jo Cox. It was powerful and moving to see the community come together in a show of solidarity. We must all continue to stand together, resolute, against all those who try to divide us and spread hate and fear.
During her interview, Amber Rudd confirmed that the government set up a places of worship fund last summer, which made £2.5 million available for extra security.