1 arrested after vehicle strikes pedestrians in London
- Author: Jon Douglas Jun 28, 2017,
Jun 28, 2017, 2:00
Whle various British media outlets have named the man arrested in Monday's incident as Osborne, London's Metropolitan Police said it would not name the suspect until he has been charged.
In a statement on behalf of the family, his nephew Ellis Osborne, 26, said: "We are massively shocked". This is in contrast with what his mother said, that he has "never shown any hatred towards Muslims". Two others were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Police said the 47-year-old white man who drove the van has been arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism, including murder and attempted murder.
The police searched Osborne's home close to the Cardiff golf club in the northeast of the city suburbs.
According to witnesses who detained the man before police arrested him, he was shouting that he wanted to "kill all Muslims" before he was taken away. "Inquiries are continuing to establish whether there is any link between his death and the attack". "All of a sudden we heard him say, 'Inbred.' I said to my nan: 'Did you hear that?' She said it was probably to his dogs".
Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the incident as "every bit as sickening" as the recent atrocities in London and Manchester.
Osborne was held at the scene by locals and pinned down until police arrived. Nearby, evening prayer services had just concluded at the larger Finsbury Park Mosque, which was associated with extremist ideology for several years after the 9/11 attacks. The previous attacks had been blamed on supporters of Islamist extremism.
Speaking outside a house in Weston-Super-Mare, where Osborne's family members gathered this afternoon, Nicola, 50, said: "I am very sorry for what's happened".
Osborne's family reported told the BBC that he is "not a racist" and that he has been "troubled for a long time".
Khan said this attack on the mosque was a "horrific terrorist attack" aimed at "innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan".
"The victims were from the Muslim community, observing Ramadan, however an attack on any specific community or faith is an attack on everyone and we won't let terrorists win by dividing us". Hate crimes directed at Muslims have increased almost five-fold, according to British security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with official policy.
People take part in a vigil at Finsbury Park in north London, where a vehicle struck pedestrians, Monday, June 19, 2017.
On May 22, a suicide attack killed 22 people and injured almost 60 after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.