London mosque terror attack suspect identified

Vincent Carr
June 20, 2017

BREAKING: We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left #FinsburyPark Mosque. The suspect, who lived in Wales and was identified as Darren Osborne, was held by a crowd who had witnessed him drive a van into a group of Muslim faithful, Efe news reported.

The driver, a white man, was wrestled to the ground by members of the public and then arrested at the scene, CNN reported.

The 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is being questioned by detectives.

One of Osborne's neighbours in Cardiff, Khadijah Sherazi, described how Osborne had recently become abusive.

Condemning the incident, Prime Minister Theresa May said: "This is a bad incident", adding, "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones, and the emergency services on the scene".

Police said the attack happened while a man, who later died, was receiving first aid after being taken ill in Seven Sisters Road.

Eleven people were hurt, all Muslims, with nine requiring hospital treatment.

Police have said hate crimes rose after the London Bridge attack and more officers would be deployed to provide reassurance to mosques.

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In a statement at 4:46 am they said the incident was being investigated by counter-terrorism police.

She visited the Finsbury Park Mosque where she met local faith leaders.

The attack was the fourth since March in Britain and the third to involve a vehicle deliberately driven at pedestrians.

The recent attacks on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge saw Muslim extremists using the same tactic, vehicles as a weapon of death. The France24 correspondent in London, Bénédicte Paviot, said witnesses at the scene heard the driver shouting "All Muslims, all Muslims, I want to kill all Muslims". "The Muslim Community in this area is horrified at this incident and is concerned and shocked at the events". After meeting with the chairman of the mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, she stood with him to observe a short silence.

"He was sitting and holding him like that, people kept holding him", Ali said.

The crash occurred at a time when the multiethnic neighbourhood was crowded with Muslims leaving the Finsbury Park mosque after Ramadan prayers.

Last month, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a pop concert in Britain's third city of Manchester, killing 22 people, many of them children.

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