Video footage helps identify London mosque attacker
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 3:42
People take part in a vigil at Finsbury Park in north London, where a vehicle struck pedestrians on Monday near a mosque.
Eight people were taken to hospital while two others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
One elderly man, who had collapsed moments before the van appeared, was pronounced dead at the scene, although police have not yet confirmed whether he died as a result of the attack. We hope free legal advice will assist victims to deal with unforseen and sometimes complex legal issues that will arise in the weeks and months to come as a result of these awful events'.
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"It's like pulling teeth to get President Trump to respond to terror attacks on Muslims", Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a statement.
However, his mother Christine said her son was not a terrorist and had never shown any hatred towards Muslims.
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.
Sky News reported that the mosque's imam prevented the crowd from beating the attacker until police arrived.
The van slammed into worshipers leaving the mosque after midnight Ramadan prayers, injuring nine people.
Father-of-four Darren Osborne was arrested by police after a van ploughed into pedestrians outside the Mosque on Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park, North London.
"He was shouting: "All Muslims, I want to kill all Muslims", another witness, Khalid Amin, told BBC television.
One neighbour said a man he thought was Mr Osborne had been seen sleeping in a van on Saturday night.
She added: "I just can't talk about it, I just don't know".
He also spoke about the "demonisation" of the Muslim community and warned that people with "ulterior motives wished to divide this great country and this great city".
"This was an attack on London and all Londoners, and we should all stand together against extremists, whatever their cause", said Neil Basu, senior counter-terrorism officer for the Metropolitan Police.
Scotland Yard said detectives now believe the attacker "acted alone but are investigating the circumstances leading up to the attack".
The family of Darren Osborne, the man suspected of deliberately driving into the Muslim group, said he was "troubled", describing his action as "sheer madness". "Any hate crime is unacceptable but this stark figure is something we will not shy away from", she wrote in The Guardian newspaper. "I am a Muslim". He later died but it is not clear if it was because of the attack.
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. What they found is that - although they did not always have information about the religious beliefs of the victims - Muslims were the most affected overall.