London Mosque Attack: Suspect identified as Darren Osborne

Pauline Gross
June 20, 2017

Met police commissioner Cressida Dick said the suspect targeted Muslim worshippers.

The family of the man held by police over the Finsbury Park attack say they are "massively shocked" and "their hearts go out to the injured".

Metropolitan Police said officers were called to the scene on Seven Sisters Road at 12:20 a.m. Monday.

He was arrested at the scene, as depicted in the attached video footage.

British media identified the suspect as Darren Osborne from the Welsh city of Cardiff.

"This is being treated as a terrorist attack and the Counter Terrorism Command is investigating".

One person described it as "unbelievable" and added that it was "very sad for his family too".

Mobile phone footage taken by one of those who crowded round the police van seems to show the arrested 48-year-old man blowing a kiss at the person recording the video, reported The Independent.

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British Security Minister Ben Wallace said authorities were aware of rising far-right activity, but were not aware of the suspect prior to the attack near a north London mosque.

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

They had been helping a man who had collapsed. Officials say it is unclear whether or not he died from injuries sustained during the attack or from a previous health issue for which he was already receiving first aid when the attack occurred.

"We found that a group of people quickly started to collect around him, around the assailant and some tried to hit him either with kicks or punches", imam Mohammed Mahmoud said.

"Together with people all over this country, I am appalled at the deliberate attack on people leaving their late-night prayers, as the end of their day of fasting, at the mosque in Finsbury Park", said Nichols in a June 19 statement.

The Muslim Council tweeted that worshippers had been struck and said its prayers were with the victims.

"The appalling attack stands against the shared values of the Philippines and the United Kingdom as peace-loving and tolerant societies that respect all religions", the DFA said in a statement.

Other reports by GizPress

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