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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.

Video: Watch as crowd pin Finsbury Park driver to the ground

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.

A man is arrested and put in the back of a police van after the collision in north London. Pic: Isa Amir

Video: Police arrest man amid angry crowd

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.

Imam who diffused angry crowd during Finsbury Park terror attack addresses media

Video: Finsbury Park imam: ‘We pushed people back’

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.

Theresa May delivers her response to the Finsbury Park attack

Video: PM calls for unity after Finsbury Park attack

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.

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