Finsbury Park mosque van attacker identified as Darren Osborne

Postado Junho 24, 2017

The suspect in the north London mosque attack that killed one person has been identified as a resident of Cardiff, Wales, who had previously voiced his hatred for Muslims, the media reported.

Darren Osborne, a 47-year-old father-of-four, was arrested after a van hit worshippers near a north London mosque in the early hours of Monday morning.

In a statement on behalf of the family, Ellis, 26, said: "We are massively shocked; it's unbelievable, it still hasn't really sunk in".

He said the response of the community had been "extraordinary" starting from the people who were attending the man who died and those who prevented anyone injuring a suspect so that "he was properly arrested, taken away".

Osborne's Muslim neighbour in Cardiff, Khadijh Sherazi, said she had never had any problems with him or his family until this weekend.

"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. Police said eight of the injured were hospitalized; the other two had minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

The BBC reports that Osborne "was held on suspicion of attempted murder and later further arrested over alleged terror offences".

Police are searching a residential address in Pentwyn, where Osborne is listed as living, in connection with the attack.

One man died at the scene, although he was receiving first aid at the time and it wasn't clear if he died as a result of the attack or from something else. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

"This was quite clearly an attack on Muslims who looked like they were probably Muslims and they were coming from a prayer meeting", said the Met police commissioner, Cressida Dick.

Police said the driver was detained by the crowd until police arrived.

In a telephone interview with ITV News, mum Christine only found out her son was in custody after seeing him on television.

Khadijeh Sherizi, who converted to Islam in 2003, said Osborne was usually polite and her children, who are Muslims, would play with his children most days.

Free advice from London firms will be available through the panel on a referral basis to those affected by the terror attacks in Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Borough Market, or in Finsbury Park.

The attack raised fears of retaliation against Muslims after a series of deadly assaults in Britain by Islamist extremists.

Scotland Yard said extra police patrols would be deployed to reassure the public and those observing Ramadan.

"While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the bad attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge, it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect", Khan said.

Security Minister Ben Wallace said the suspect was not known to the security services, and was believed to have acted alone.

Images of the van showed it was rented from Pontyclun Van Hire in Pontyclun, near Cardiff.