Tuesday, 20 June 2017

47 year old suspect behind the Finsbury park mosque attack has been named

A man driving a white van ploughed into pedestrians, coming out of a mosque, just after midnight on Monday.
  • A van ploughed into pedestrians near Finsbury Park Mosque in North London.
  • One man has been killed and 10 people have been injured. Police said they were investigating whether the dead man was killed in the incident or by a prior illness.
  • Police are treating this as a terrorist attack.
  • A white 47-year-old man is being held for terrorism offences. He has been named Darren Osborne, according to the BBC.
  • Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the attack as "every bit as sickening" as previous terrorist atrocities.
  • Attacker not known to security services.
  • Police are searching a property in Cardiff.
  • A vigil will take place at the Finsbury Park mosque at 8 p.m. BST (3 p.m. EST) this evening.
LONDON — A 47-year-old man is being held on terrorism offences after the van he was driving ploughed into pedestrians near Finsbury Park Mosque in North London on Monday morning, injuring 10. 
Eight people were taken to local hospitals and two others were treated for minor injuries at the scene. Another man was pronounced dead at the scene, though it is not clear if this was related to the attack or a prior illness. He was receiving first aid from the public at the same time of the incident, police said.
The white rented van, which was owned by a Welsh-based company, went through a bus lane, mounted the pavement, and hit a group of worshippers leaving one of London’s biggest mosques just after midnight. The Muslim Council of Britain said the van intentionally ran over worshippers who were breaking Ramadan fast.
According to eyewitness Khalid Amin, who spoke to BBC, the attacker said: ""I want to kill all Muslims."
The suspect was named as Darren Osborne and is from the Cardiff area, according to the BBC. He is understood to have four children.
Security Minister Ben Wallace said the arrested suspect was not known to security services. "This man was not known to the authorities in the space of extremism or far right extremism and he clearly took advantage of a simple weapon, a vehicle, to make an attack on people going about their business, " he told Sky News.
Police believe the suspect acted alone, but searches are being carried out at a residential address in the Cardiff area, police said in a statement released on Monday afternoon, where Osborne is reported to be from. 
British Prime Minister Theresa May, who chaired an emergency meeting later on Monday, said the attack that "targeted the ordinary and the innocent."
"Today we come together as we have done before to condemn this act and state an act of hatred of this kind will never succeed in dividing us. Like all terrorism, in whatever form, it shares the same goal: to drive us apart. We will not let this happen."
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also delivered a statement on Monday morning. He said he had spoken to "community organisations in the area, local MP Jeremy Corbyn and leader of the council Richard Watts."
"We don't yet know the full details, but this was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan," he added. "While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect."
Khan’s warning about police cuts follows similar pleas from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and both high-ranking and former high-ranking police officers in the final weeks of the election campaign.

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