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.
“My officers were on the scene almost immediately, and other uniformed and specialist officers quickly arrived to support them. They worked quickly with colleagues from the other emergency services to treat the injured.
“I want to thank all those members of the public who assisted police and emergency services in our task.
“There is now an ongoing investigation by our Counter Terrorism Command to establish why this attack was carried out.
“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.”
“Extra officers are on duty in the area to help reassure the local community. They will be there for as long as they are needed.
“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.”
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Speaking to media this morning Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism, said:
“Sadly Londoners are waking to the news of another dreadful incident in the Capital that has left a number of people seriously injured.
The attack unfolded whilst a man was receiving first aid from the public at the scene, sadly, he has died.Any causative link between his death and the attack will form part of our investigation.It is too early to state if his death was as a result of the attack.
“Our thoughts are with all those affected by the incident at Seven Sisters Road and their family, friends and their communities.
“No matter what the motivation proves to be, and we are keeping an open mind, this is being treated as a terrorist attack and the Counter Terrorism Command is investigating.
“This was an attack on London and all Londoners and we should all stand together against extremists whatever their cause.
“From 00:21hrs this morning police received a number calls to Seven Sisters Road following a van having collided with pedestrians.
“Officers were in the immediate vicinity as the attack unfolded and responded instantly. Additional officers arrived within 10 minutes.
“One man was pronounced dead at the scene. Eight others are in hospital and two more were treated at the scene.
“All the victims were from the Muslim community.
“I would like to praise police officers who immediately gave life saving treatment at the scene, but also members of the public who assisted before and after the incident.
“Also at the scene, detained by members of the public, was the man suspected of being the driver.
“He was arrested by police on suspicion of attempted murder.
“I would like to thank those people who helped police in detaining the man and worked with officers to calmly and quickly get him into our custody.
“Their restraint in the circumstances was commendable.
“This investigation is ongoing, and we are working fast to know the full details of how and why it took place.
“At this early stage of the investigation, no other suspects have been identified or reported to police, and there were no reports of any people having suffered any knife injuries.
“The van used was examined by specialist officers but nothing that would cause a risk to the public was found in it.
“Extra policing resources have been deployed across London in order to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan.”
“I would urge everyone to remain calm and vigilant.
“I would ask the public with any information about this incident, or anything that causes them concern or suspicion, to call the police on 0800 789 321.
“Obviously we are at an early stage in our investigation, however as and when I can make more information available, I will.
“This has been incredibly challenging time for London and emergency services are stretched.
“Nevertheless, we will do absolutely all we can – with our partners – to protect Londoners and our city
“Now is a time once again for London to stand together to face those who seek to divide us.”