Counter terror police are investigating the incident in Finsbury Park, where eight people have been taken to hospital and one dead.
According to Guardian UK, Witness Hussain Ali, 28, said that, while being restrained, the man was protected by the people he is thought to have been targeting.
An imam guarded the van driver who mowed down Muslim worshippers until the police arrived, telling a crowd: “Do not touch him,” PA reports.
The suspected terrorist was wrestled to the ground by passersby after he had careered, reportedly smiling, through a crowd of pedestrians, including a man in a wheelchair.
Ali described the horrifying scene unfolding outside the Islamic centre in north London early on Monday morning.
Following the carnage, the valour of an imam called Mohammed Mahmoud was also hailed by the religious community.
Toufik Kacimi, the chief executive of the Muslim Welfare House, said his “bravery and courage helped calm the immediate situation after the incident and prevented further injuries and potential loss of life”.
– Guardian UK