Police question "troubled" Finsbury Park attacker

Police in London are investigating yet another terror attack in the city, after a van ploughed into a crowd of people outside a north London mosque early Monday - leaving one dead and 10 more injured.

The driver of the van that plowed into pedestrians near a mosque in north London is being named as Darren Osborne, 47, a resident of Cardiff in Wales, according to multiple United Kingdom media outlets.

Osborne, who lived in Cardiff, had been held down by a group of people after the crash.

Security Minister Ben Wallace confirmed the suspect was not known to the security services.

In an interview with ITV News, Osborne's mother said she found out about her son's arrest via the television.

Camera phone footage showed him being captured by worshippers, who attacked him as he screamed, "Kill me".

Home Secretary Amber Rudd described the attack as an appalling incident, and said new funding for security at religious sites had recently been arranged.

"This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship", said May who later visited the mosque. The site of the incident is close to another mosque near the Finsbury Park on the same road.

A47-year-old man arrested after a terror attack near a London mosque had been kicked out of a pub "for cursing Muslims" just a day before the incident, a media report said on Tuesday.

One man who was already receiving first aid at the time died following Monday's attack.

In a statement his family said: "We are massively shocked".

After a short silence, chairman of the mosque Mohammed Kozbar told those gathered that the attack was "on our families, on our freedom, on our dignity", the BBC reported.

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". "It's madness. It is obviously sheer madness", the family's statement said.

Earlier this month, a van veered into pedestrians on London Bridge, setting off vehicle and knife attacks that killed eight people and wounded many others on the bridge and in the nearby Borough Market area. A report that appeared in The Guardian suggested that Osborne before drove his vehicle into the crowd f worshippers, he shouted, "I want to kill all Muslims". Rudd said Muslims needed to feel safe in Britain and the government was working to tackle all forms of hate crime and extremism. He added that the attack had "all the hallmarks" of a terrorist attack.

At a press conference later Monday, Mahmoud credited "other brothers" for assisting in protecting the man from angry onlookers until police arrived.

  • Leroy Wright