However, J.K.is now speaking up in the midst of the horrifying terror attack on Finsbury Park mosque in London early this morning, which injured 10 people and killed a man.
A witness at the scene said the man behind the wheel got out of his van and shouted about wanting to kill Muslims.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd described the attack as an appalling incident and said police were treating it as a “terrorist incident”.
The 48-year-old suspect was pinned to the ground by people on Seven Sisters Road in north London after driving a white van into pedestrians around 12.15am.
“All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene”, she said. Eight people were killed and dozens were wounded before police fatally shot the three attackers.
The Finsbury Park mosque was once a notorious hub for radical Islamists but has changed markedly in recent years under new management.
Several bunches of flowers had been deposited outside the mosque as commuters went to work on Monday morning.
London’s Mayor Sadiq Mayor Khan, the first Muslim to serve in that position, urged the public to focus on shared values and urged the city to stand together in an unprecedented period in the capital’s history.
The incident was being treated as a potential terrorist attack said Prime Minister Theresa May, which if confirmed would make it the fourth since March in Britain and the third to involve a vehicle deliberately driven at pedestrians.
Friends of Osborne have taken to social media to describe their shock at seeing him pictured as the attacker in national news coverage of the incident.
The London Ambulance Service’s deputy director, Kevin Bate, said ambulances and special response teams were deployed to the scene of the Finsbury Park Mosque attack.
“The incident is being treated as a terrorist incident, and it is times like these when we need our communities to really come together, to support one another and not let violence and hate divide us”.
The Muslim Council of Britain tweeted that the vehicle ran over worshippers as they were leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque after late-night prayers.
British counter-terrorism officers have joined regular police to help investigate the incident, according to the Guardian.
He added: “There were at least 300 people in the mosque praying, and everyone was panicking, everyone was screaming”.
In March, a man drove a auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and stabbed a police officer to death before being shot dead.
Manchester was also hit in May when a bomber killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert.