Suspect in London van attack identified
19 June 2017 National News
The man suspected of driving a van into a crowd of worshippers outside a mosque is 47-year-old Darren Osborne, say Sky sources.
The vehicle hit pedestrians near Finsbury Park Mosque in north London as they left Ramadan night prayers around midnight.
A man died and 10 other people were injured in the incident on Seven Sisters Road, which police are treating as a terror attack.
Witnesses described hearing the van driver shout: “I’m going to kill Muslims” and “I’ve done my bit”.
He was at the scene, with an imam from the nearby mosque protecting him from angry members of the public.
The alleged attacker has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and terror offences.
The man, who police believe was acting alone, was not known to the security services.
Searches are being carried out at a residential address in the Cardiff area.
The vehicle used in the attack was rented from Pontyclun Van Hire in South Wales. The firm has said it was “shocked and saddened” at the tragedy.
Police said all the casualties were Muslims.
The man who died had already been receiving first aid from a member of the public, police said.
Eight people have been taken to hospital, while two others were treated at the scene.
Prime Minister Theresa May, who chaired a meeting of the COBRA emergency committee, condemned the attack as “every bit as sickening” as the recent atrocities in London and Manchester.
“It is a reminder that terrorism, extremism and hatred take many forms, and our determination to tackle them must be the same whoever is responsible,” she said.
Later, and met people from a variety of faiths.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said it was “quite clearly an attack on Muslims”.
There will be more uniformed officers at places of worship, including mosques and Muslim community centres, as police try to reassure local people.