'Stay strong' urges council leader in wake of mosque attack

Father-of-four Darren Osborne, 47, was held on suspicion of attempted murder and alleged terror offences after a van hit Muslims in Finsbury Park.

In a statement given to local media on behalf of his family, his nephew Ellis Osborne said: "We are massively shocked; it's unbelievable, it still hasn't really sunk in". Christine also expressed her sympathy for the victims of the incident and said that her heart goes out to all those who were injured in the incident.

His family told the press Osborne was "troubled" not "racist", while expressing sympathy with the victims of the attack.

On March 22, a driver killed five people when he drove his vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a police officer.

Police have been searching a residential address in Pentwyn, where Osborne is listed as living.

The family of a man suspected of driving a rented van into Muslim worshippers after they left prayers at a north London mosque said they are devastated at the "madness" of the attack. An elderly man who was being given first aid treatment outside the mosque died, but it is not clear if his death was a direct result of the attack.

Camera footage from the scene shows the man later identified as Osborne screaming "kill me".

Abdulraman Aidroos witnessed the attack and told Anadolu Agency the "white British man" shouted "I am going to kill Muslims". Police have not yet confirmed the suspect's identity. "I feel scared", Mohamed said.

Osborne, who was not known to the police or security services, is believed to have driven 15 miles from his home in Cardiff to Pontyclun Van Hire on Sunday, hiring an 80-pound- a-night van.

Early this month, in what police called a terror attack, three Muslim extremists in a van veered into pedestrians on London Bridge, before attacking people with knives in the nearby Borough Market.

"I'm not going to defend him, but he's my son and it's a bad, awful shock". He was detained by members of the public before police arrived.

Police said eight of the injured were hospitalized; the other two had minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

Condemning the incident, Prime Minister Theresa May said: "This is a bad incident", adding, "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones, and the emergency services on the scene".

  • Leroy Wright