Finsbury Park Mosque Terror Attack: 47-year-old Darren Osborne Arrested
A man has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences after he drove a van into a group of worshippers close to a mosque in north London. One man, who had taken ill before the attack began, died and nine others were taken to hospital, some of whom were critically injured. A total of eleven people sustained injuries.
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Police said the man who died was already being treated for an unrelated ailment and they are still investigating whether or not his death was related to the attack.
The Finsbury Park mosque attack suspect is understood to be Darren Osborne, a 47-year old living in Cardiff. The father-of-four was initially arrested for attempted murder at the scene and taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.
Osborne appears to have acted alone. He struck while the area was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers in north London. The terror attack happened shortly before 00:20 BST on Monday, June 19, when the vehicle mounted the pavement outside the Muslim Welfare House which is also a community centre, on Seven Sisters Road. All of the casualties were Muslims.
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The alleged attacker, who reportedly shouted, “I want to kill all Muslims”, is said to be originally from Weston-super-Mare. Police were on Monday searching an address in a cul-de-sac in the Llanedeyrn area, close to Cardiff golf club, in the north-east of the city suburbs.
Osborne was restrained by people at the scene and an imam stopped some of the crowd from attacking the suspect.
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The suspect in the attack was not known to the security services, according to security minister Ben Wallace, although he has previously expressed hatred of Muslims.
Tom Batchelor reported in The Independent that Khadijeh Sherizi, who said she lives next door to Mr Osborne, commented: “I saw him on the news and I thought ‘oh my God’ that is my neighbour.
“He has been so normal. He was in his kitchen yesterday afternoon singing with his kids.”
“He was the dad of the family. He has kids. He lives next door. He seemed polite and pleasant to me.”
Adam Lloyd from The National Front in Wales said,
“Incidents like this are only going to increase as two different cultures clash thanks to the failed multicultural and multiracial experiment forced on us by successive corrupt governments.”