London mosque attack suspect identified
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 13:24
The suspect has since been identified by multiple news outlets as Darren Osborne, a 47-year old married father-of-four living in a Cardiff suburb who has openly voiced a hatred of Muslims.
Neighbours of a man being held after the Finsbury Park attack in London have spoken of their shock at his arrest.
Police said Muslims were clearly the target and Prime Minister Theresa May described it as a "sickening" terrorist attack. Since the London Bridge attack earlier this month, police say hate crimes against Muslims have increased five-fold.
The latest attack comes at a tumultuous time for the government with Britain starting complex divorce talks with the European Union and May negotiating with a small Northern Irish party to stay in power after losing her parliamentary majority in a snap election that backfired.
Osborne is surrounded by a crowd as he is taken away by police Has Osborne been charged and when will he appear in court?
She later visited Finsbury Park Mosque and met representatives from a variety of faiths inside.
Police raced to Finsbury Park shortly after midnight and arrested a 47-year-old man.
Meanwhile, the imam who protected the man suspected of carrying out the attack near the Finsbury Park mosque said he "did his bit". It's an atrocity and I just, at the moment in time, I can't cope with it.
Mohammed Kozbar, the leader of the mosque, said after there was a silence to remember the victims that Osborne's act was an attack "on our families, on our freedom, on our dignity". British Security Minister Ben Wallace said authorities were aware of rising far-right activity but the suspect was not known to them prior to the attack. The man later died, but it is not yet clear if his death was linked to the attack, police said.
Ellis added that his uncle was "not a racist" and said he had never expressed any racist views.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu says: "This is being treated as a terrorist incident and is being investigated by the Counter Terrorism Command".
Speaking to BBC 4 Radio, the founder of the group Tell Mama, Fiyaz Mughal, said he had been at the center days before the attack to caution the community to vigilant during the Ramadan, a period in which Muslims are more visible.
Some reports suggest that Darren Osborne grew up in Weston-supr-Mare, Somerset.
On June 3, Islamic extremists used a vehicle and then knives to kill eight people and wound dozens of others on London Bridge and in the popular Borough Market area.