Six people were injured Sunday after a woman crashed her car into a crowd of Muslims celebrating the end of Ramadan in the British city of Newcastle.
The incident took place outside a recreation center where hundreds of people had gathered for prayers. A 42-year-old woman was detained at the scene but the incident is not believed to be related to terrorism.
“Police inquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what happened but, at this time, it is not believed to be a terror incident,” a Northumbria Police spokesman said, according to The Independent. “We have taken six people to hospital, they have gone to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, three children and three adults.”
An 8-year-old boy was critically injured after getting stuck under the car. Eyewitnesses describe how people rushed to the car after assuming a terror attack was in motion.
“From what I understand, [a woman who had been at prayer] was about to leave in her car and I believe she lost control,” an eyewitness told BBC. “I ran up straight away because everyone was moving in on all the injured, trying to put water in their mouths.”
One person was killed June 18 after a man plowed through a group of people outside a London mosque. The 48-year-old suspect said he intentionally targeted Muslims.
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