Attacks in London, Paris Labeled Terrorism

PARIS
 
  • A car rammed into a police van around 3:40 Monday afternoon (local time) along Paris' famous Champs-Elysees boulevard.
  • The armed driver deliberately plowed into the police vehicle, authorities said.
  • The car caught on fire after the collision. Neither officers nor members of the public were hurt, but the attacker later died. 
  • The Paris prosecutor's office has opened an anti-terror investigation into Monday's incident.
  • French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said, "the car contained weapons, explosives, enough to allow him to blow up this car."
  • Security forces are working to identify the weapons in the vehicle, and they are investigating "the individual's past and see what motives pushed him to take action," Collomb said.
  • Collomb said the "threat level in France is extremely high."
  • It's the fifth time in four months that security forces have been attacked in the nation's capital.
 
LONDON
 
  • Around 12:20 a.m. Monday (local time), a van plowed into pedestrians on Seven Sisters Road, a busy thoroughfare in Finsbury Park, north London, near a Muslim community center and a mosque.
  • The attacker has been identified as Darren Osborne, 47, a resident of Cardiff in Wales.
  • The van the attacker used appears to be a vehicle rented from a company in Wales.
  • One man died and 10 people were injured in the assault.
  • Eight people went to the hospital, all Muslim.
  • An imam -- a Muslin leader who heads the prayers in a mosque -- stopped the crowd from hitting and kicking the attacker.
  • The attacker was arrested at the scene.
  • Eyewitnesses reported chaotic scenes as the incident unfolded just after midnight, when evening Ramadan prayers had finished.
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was directed at Muslims and condemned it as "every bit as sickening" as deadly Islamist attacks that hit the country in recent months.
  • Osborne's home around Cardiff, Wales is being searched.
  • "This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship and, like all terrorism in whatever form, it shares the same fundamental goal. It seeks to drive us apart and to break the precious bonds of solidarity and citizenship which we share in this country," British Prime Minister Theresa May said. "We will not let this happen."
  • Monday's attack is the third in London since March involving a vehicle as a weapon against pedestrians.

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