London mosque attacker protected from mob

Jay Anderson
June 20, 2017

"This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship,"said May who later visited the mosque". East London Mosque, one of the city's largest, said it was evacuated on Monday after receiving a fake bomb threat.

Police have arrested a 47-year-old man on suspicion of hitting a van on Monday into a group of Muslims who were leaving mosque after prayers in London.

Mahmoud said 'There was a mob attempt to hurt him, so we pushed, pushed people away from him until he was safely taken by police'. Hours after the London attack, a man in Paris drove his auto into a police auto; only the attacker died, but it underscored the difficulty of defending against violence by vehicle. She told neighbors that the van had "run over his legs".

Police confirmed there have been "a number of casualties" in Seven Sisters Road near London's Finsbury Park Station.

"He was cursing Muslims and saying he would do some damage", according to a regular at the pub quoted by The Sun.

His mother, Christine Osborne, 72, told ITV News her son was a "complex" person, adding: "I'm not going to defend him but you know he's my son and it's a bad awful shock and it's not just robbing the bank, it's an atrocity".

Witness Hussain Ali, 28, told the Press Association that "the leader of the mosque said 'You do not touch him'".

The driver of the van has reportedly been arrested.

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She went on to say that her son never talked about any terrorist attacks or about "bloody Muslims". Police are also looking into a statement made by his family that he was "troubled for a long time".

Police were searching an address where Osborne was said to be living before the attack.

In a statement Mr Osborne's nephew Ellis, 26, said "we are massively shocked; it's unbelievable, it still hasn't really sunk in".

The attack comes amid fears of retaliation against Muslims following two recent, deadly attacks in the United Kingdom, at Manchester Arena and London Bridge.

One elderly man, who had collapsed just before the incident, was pronounced dead at the scene, but it is not yet known whether his death was directly linked to the van assault.

It was the third major incident in the capital this month, after the London Bridge attack and last week's devastating fire in the Grenfell Tower block, in which 79 people are thought to have died.

This time, however, the attacker appeared to have deliberately targeted Muslims. He was grabbed at the scene by locals and pinned down until police arrived.

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