Video footage helps identify London mosque attacker

Pauline Gross
June 20, 2017

DAC Basu added: "The attack unfolded whilst a man was receiving first aid from the public at the scene". Sadly, he has died.

Monday's attack is the latest in a series of recent terrorist attacks in United Kingdom.

The Muslim Council of Britain said Monday's attack was the most violent manifestation of Islamophobia in Britain in recent months and called for extra security at places of worship.

The use of a vehicle to mow down pedestrians drew horrifying parallels with this month's London Bridge attack, when three men drove a van into pedestrians before embarking on a stabbing spree, and with another auto and knife rampage near parliament in March.

The attacker has been identified as 47-year-old Darren Osborne of Cardiff. "The second this month and every bit as sickening as those of which have come before", May said.

Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organization, said that based on eyewitness reports, it seems to be a "deliberate attack against innocent Muslims".

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

"Police say incident has all the "hallmarks" of a terrorist" incident.

"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", Cardinal Nichols stated.

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It is the fourth terror attack since March in the country, and the third to involve a vehicle deliberately driven at pedestrians. Dave Ashford, 52, said: "Someone called me and said it was him and I said "It can't be".

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Describing the scene, he said there were people lying in the street, several with blood on their heads.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that there has been a 40% surge in Islamophobic incidents following attacks in London and Manchester during the electoral campaign.

"We will not allow these terrorists to succeed".

Pedestrians held onto the Singapore-born suspect until he was detained by police and later arrested on charges of "the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder". Police have yet to release his name and said he was taken to a hospital out of precaution.

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

"We told them the situation, said there's as a man, he's restrained, he mowed down people with his van and there's a mob attempting to hurt him, if you don't take him, God forbid he might be seriously hurt", he said.

The suspect's mother expressed shock at knowing that her son was behind the attack. The attacker was shot dead by police.

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