Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Sikh leaders condemn 'Islamophobic' Finsbury Park attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 22:27
The man was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but Scotland Yard said he was later arrested for the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder.
Police said in a statement Monday morning that the person who died at the scene had apparently fallen ill prior to the attack.
It comes as police are carrying out searches at an address in the Cardiff area.
The incident had "all the hallmarks" of a terrorist attack, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, a senior counter-terrorism officer from the Metropolitan Police, told reporters.
British health authorities say seven people remain hospitalized after a driver plowed into a crowd spilling out of north London mosques after Ramadan services.
Police have not yet determined whether the fatality was a result of the van attack.
The Finsbury Park Mosque was once a notorious hub for radical Islamists but has changed markedly in recent years under new management.
Darren Osborne, the Finsbury Park mosque attacker, is a white Christian terrorist and a supporter of the far right Britain First party.
Witnesses on scene say he was blowing kisses and laughing at those standing outside of the van.
Their actions mirrored the bravery of revellers who pelted three London Bridge terrorists with bottles, glasses, chairs and parts of a market stall in the van and knife rampage that left eight dead. "We are devastated for the families, our hearts go out to those who've been injured".
Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday called the incident a "terror attack" and "every bit as sickening" as recent attacks to hit the United Kingdom, adding that the driver acted alone.
She added: "I just can't talk about it, I just don't know".
One eyewitness who lives nearby told the BBC she saw people "shouting and screaming". Some witnesses had initially said that two other people were in the vehicle and had fled.
President Trump has taken to Twitter during previous terror attacks to make the case for tighter restrictions on travel from predominantly Muslim countries.
LONDON (AP) - Neighbors and acquaintances described the man who allegedly attacked a group of Muslim worshippers as an unemployed lout who was drinking heavily and making anti-Muslim remarks in the days before the attack - details to be closely examined as the investigation widened Tuesday.
We stopped all forms of attack and abuse, ' he said.
"During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship", said Harun Khan, the secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain.