Finsbury Park terror attack suspect's mum and sister speaks out

Ruben Ruiz
June 26, 2017

Hundreds of people gathered at the vigil, many holding up banners with the words "Love will win" and "Terror will lose".

"One of the things that all these terrorists share is perverse ideology that wants to divide our community - we're not going to let them".

The man suspected of driving the van was arrested on suspicion of "the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder", police said.

The man arrested over a van attack on Muslims in north London has been named locally as father-of-four Darren Osborne. The police searched his house in Cardiff yesterday.

According to security minister Ben Wallace, Osborne was not known to security services.

British Prime Minister Theresa May met with members of the Muslim community even as they denounced a rising climate of anti-Islamic sentiment.

One eyewitness who lives nearby told the BBC she saw people "shouting and screaming".

Ten people were injured when a van drove into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near Finsbury Park mosque in the early hours of Monday.

One man died and eight others are being treated in hospital.

"He has a fracture in his skull - but they still don't know why the bleeding from his ear is not stopping yet", the Somali-born man said.

The suspected terrorist, believed to have been born in Singapore in 1969, was apprehended by bystanders with a courageous Imam shielding him from angry crowds in a bid to "extinguish any flames of anger" until police arrived.

France and Germany quickly condemned the attack and Egypt s Al-Azhar institution, the leading authority in Sunni Islam, condemned it as "sinful". The statement reaffirmed Egypt's rejection of all kinds of terrorism and discrimination based on race, religion, and gender. Monday's attack is the third in London since March involving a vehicle as a weapon against pedestrians.

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In March London was hit with another vehicle and knife rampage, that one near parliament.

A group of Muslim men managed to capture him and handed him over to the police.

Wellwishers of different backgrounds have said "I stand with you, nobody can destroy such a strong community" and that "love will always be stronger than hate".

Monday morning, the Muslim Welfare House headlined its website with this message: "All of us at Muslim Welfare House sends our thoughts and prayers to the victims and those injured in the major incident at Finsbury Park".

Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, described the attack as "cowardly".

Given the growing number of such incidents, Scotland Yard on Tuesday said 1,800 more officers will be equipped with tasers, which deliver an electric shock to the target.

He described a five-fold rise in reporting of Islamophobic crimes following the Manchester attack and a two-fold rise after the London Bridge atrocity.

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

"Diverse, welcoming, vibrant, compassionate, confident and determined never to give in to hate".

On May 22, a suicide attack killed 22 people and injured almost 60 after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Later she attended joined a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque, held close to the scene of the attack.

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