Family of suspect in attack on London Muslims say they are devastated

The vehicle swerved into a group of people shortly after midnight on Monday as they left prayers at the Muslim Welfare House and the nearby Finsbury Park Mosque in north London.

United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May branded it a terrorist attack and said the driver had "targeted the ordinary and the innocent going about their daily lives".

The attack happened early Monday, June 19, when a van plowed into pedestrians near London's Finsbury Park Mosque.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu confirmed the attack on worshippers was being treated as terrorism, as did Prime Minister Theresa May.

Scotland Yard said the attack unfolded while a man who had taken ill was receiving first aid from the public. He said the man appeared to be sleeping across the vehicle's front three seats with the door open.

Police yesterday questioned a man suspected of deliberately mowing down Muslims in London, as the interior minister said Britain was "bruised but not broken" by a series of terror attacks.

According to witnesses, Osborne had been heard shouting "I want to kill all Muslims".

Mr Aidroos said he had helped tackle and detain the driver while other witnesses said an imam stepped in to ensure the man was not harmed.

Muslim leaders are shocked and have condemned Osborne's actions, calling for more security to be provided at mosques as Islamophobia is on the rise in the wake of increased #Islamic State terrorist attacks, specifically in the UK.

British health authorities on Tuesday said seven people remained hospitalised.

Residents near Cardiff said they were "shocked" after seeing photographs of their neighbour being arrested in London. "Just, you know, he was never unpleasant to me or anything", the neighbour said. The attack hits a community already feeling targeted in the fallout from the London Bridge killings and other attacks blamed on Islamic extremists.

"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".

When he was eventually arrested and loaded into the back of a police van in handcuffs, he waved to the gathered crowd.

The couple are said to have split, with Osborne reported to have been an unemployed former barman who was recently living in a tent in woodland. Sherazi said her son, Nadeem, 12, said Osborne came up to him while he was on his bike and called him an "inbred".

Ms Dick said earlier on Monday that the incident was quite clearly an attack on Muslims, but did not address the crowd at the vigil.

  • Zachary Reyes