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Several people were injured in north London early on Monday when a van rammed into worshippers leaving a mosque, witnesses said, in what British police described as a "major incident".

A man arrested for allegedly driving a van into worshippers gathered outside a London mosque has been named as Darren Osborne, a 47-year-old from the Cardiff area.

"Someone called me and said it was him and I said "It can't be".

The force said in a statement: "The driver of the van - a man aged 48 - was found detained by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police in connection with the incident".

One man, who gave his name as Mohin, said his cousin was caught up in the incident.

The BBC understands Mr Osborne grew up in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, and has four children.

Earlier in the day, the Metropolitan Police said they were called due to reports of a van collision involving pedestrians near a mosque in Seven Sisters Road, located near the Finsbury Park station. He also said that the incident was a "deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan".

Police said all the casualties were Muslims.

"This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship", she said in a televised address.

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One man died at the scene, but it was not immediately clear whether he was killed by the attacker's actions or some other cause. Police were on Monday searching an address in a cul-de-sac close to Cardiff golf club in the northeast of the city suburbs.

London Ambulance Service said nine people were taken to hospital and a number of others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

"At this stage, we are calling for calm", he said. Witnesses alleged he tried to escape after the attack, shouting: "I want to kill Muslims - you deserve it", and "I did my bit".

"In this case, if you compare it to other attacks in the period after 9/11 the determination it was terrorism actually came relatively quickly and there have been forceful statements coming out from the Muslim mayor of London and the Prime Minister condemning it as a terrorist atrocity".

Later, she visited Finsbury Park Mosque and met people from a variety of faiths.

Police declared it a terrorist incident within eight minutes.

- Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu praised citizens who helped in the immediate aftermath of the attack: "Their restraint in the circumstances is commendable".

The attack was the fourth since March in Britain and the third to involve a vehicle deliberately driven at pedestrians.

"We will stop at nothing to defeat it, " she added.

The alleged attacker is now in custody, and a residence in Cardiff, Wales, is being inspected by the police as possibly associated with the incident.