A car has plowed into a gathering of people celebrating Eid prayers to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan near a Newcastle mosque, according to local media reports cited by Russia Today. Six people have been injured and a female driver has been arrested, police said. The crash occurred outside the Westgate Sports Centre, according to a Northumbria Police statement.
Unlike a similar incident last week where a van driven by a 48-year-old man slammed into a crowd celebrating the last days of Ramadan outside a mosque in Finsbury Park, police say last night’s incident is not being treated as an act of terrorism.
“There has been an incident on Westgate Road, but we do not believe it is terror related. It is an accident as far as we can see,” a police spokesperson told the Chronicle.
According to CNN, police confirmed that a 42-year-old woman had been arrested and added that they were not pursuing anyone else. "It is not believed to be a terror incident," Northumbria police said in a statement.
"Police enquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what happened."
The local police initially reported that five people had been injured, but later revised the number to six. Three of those injured were children, according to North East Ambulance Service.