A van driven at speed into worshippers last night was ‘quite clearly an attack on Muslims,’ police said.
The driver allegedly shouted he wanted to ‘kill all Muslims’ and ‘I did my bit’ as he rammed the white van into a crowd gathered after evening prayers.
One man has died after the incident and eight people have been taken to hospital.
An imam stepped in to stop the man being beaten by a ‘mob’ after he was pulled out of the cab.
The suspect has now been arrested and held on suspicion of terrorism and attempted murder.
Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said: ‘London has woken up to the news of another appalling attack on our city.
‘My thoughts are with the family of the man who has died and with all those who were injured.
‘There is now an ongoing investigation by our Counter Terrorism Command to establish why this attack was carried out.’
A 47-year-old man has been arrested. Police did not confirm his identity but said he was not known to security services.
The attack is being treated as a terrorist incident, targeting people who were gathered in the road tending to an elderly man who had a pacemaker fitted.
Speaking out, Cressida Dick said: ‘London is a city of many faiths and many nationalities. An attack on one community is an attack on all of us.
‘Terrorists will not succeed in their attempts to divide us and make us live in fear.’
‘Communities will see additional officers patrolling across the city and at Muslim places of worship. We are working as hard as we can to protect all our communities, and we will not be defeated.’