UK police: Mosque attack suspect held on terror charges
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 20:44
The driver, a white man, was wrestled to the ground by members of the public and then arrested at the scene, CNN reported.
A 48-year-old man was overpowered by Muslim bystanders and was restrained until he was arrested by police officers who arrived within minutes.
Manchester was also hit by a severe attack when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.
In a statement on behalf of the family, Osborne's nephew Ellis Osborne said they were devastated for the families of the victims but said that his uncle was not a racist.
"Mohammed was the hero of the day, he was the one who contained the guy and held him up until the police came and took him away", Kacimi told the Standard. I'm at my wit's end.
"When I looked back, I thought it was a vehicle accident, but people were shouting, screaming and I realised this was a man choosing to terrorise people who are praying", he told Reuters. Speaking to British newspaper The Sun, Christine Osborne, 72, said, "This is every mother's worst nightmare".
"What I can say on this case is this individual, so far as we know at the moment, was not known to us, but we are aware of a rise in the far right, "Wallace told The Guardian".
According to the reports, some of his neighbours in Pentwyn, in east Cardiff, described the father of four as "aggressive" and "shouty".
A man identified as Darren Osborne, a 47-year-old Welshman from Cardiff, was allegedly behind the wheel. Some neighbours believe he and his partner had separated in recent months and that he was often seen shouting at her in the street.
At least 10 people were injured when the van hit the crowd of worshippers who had just left a Ramadan prayer service at the Muslim Welfare House, in Finsbury Park.
London police have declared the crash a major incident and closed the area to normal traffic.
Prime Minister Theresa May, who was heavily criticised for failing to meet survivors of a devastating fire in a London tower block last week, visited Finsbury Park Mosque where she met local faith leaders.
"We treat this as a terrorist attack and we in the Met are as shocked as anybody in this local community or across the country at what has happened". Police, who haven't formally named him, said Tuesday they could not release details on whether the attacker was drunk at the time of the attack or whether he was on other medication.