Monday June 19, 2017

London attack: Van plows into crowd near mosque

The mosque attack comes just days after the residential Grenfell Tower fire in west London, where the number of people presumed dead has risen to 79.

The mosque attack comes just days after the residential Grenfell Tower fire in west London, where the number of people presumed dead has risen to 79. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

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Ten people are injured following what police are investigating as a terror incident in north London. A van plowed into worshippers outside a mosque in the Finsbury Park area early June 19.

One man died at the scene, but it is unclear whether this was as a result of the attack.

The 48-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Police say all the victims were from the Muslim community.

This marks the fourth terror attack in the U.K. in four months, after incidents in Westminster, Manchester and on London Bridge.

According to CBC's Europe correspondent Margaret Evans, there is unrest in the Finsbury Park area. She says some of the local residents are claiming the attack was proof of Islamophobia and are accusing the government of being slow to call it an act of terrorism.

"People are really afraid that tensions are going to rise up in the communities or between communities," she tells The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti.

This attack comes just days after the residential Grenfell Tower fire in west London, where the number of people presumed dead has risen to 79.

"It just seems like every other week, there's ... memorials for people who have lost their lives," she says.

In the wake of the tower fire, protesters took to the streets to voice their anger against Theresa May's government. She was criticized for not immediately visiting the victims of the fire and has received extensive backlash for imposing police cuts during her time as home secretary.

Evans says May has announced her determination to tackle terrorism, but she's "repeating those kind of pledges to … get a grip on the security situation."

"But of course in these kinds of attacks, it's very difficult to do."

Listen to this segment at the top of the web post.

This segment was produced by The Current's Karin Marley.