Here’s everything we know about Darren Osborne, the man suspected of driving a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park, North London.
“He was shouting: “I want to kill all Muslims”, another witness, Khalid Amin, told BBC television.
Flowers were left at the scene where hours earlier the 47-year-old van driver was pinned down by locals and shielded from violence by an imam, before being detained by police.
Neighbours were shocked after seeing photos of Osborne being arrested, with Dave Ashford, 52, saying “Someone called me and said it was him and I said “It can’t be”.
The police statement does not mention Osborne by name.
Osborne was born in Singapore but grew up in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, where he attended Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College.
Individual assaults on Muslims and mosques take place, alas, on a very regular basis – the “Tell MAMA” organization that tracks such attacks reports this with great detail.
“The Muslim Community in this area is horrified at this incident and is concerned and shocked at the events”.
A Reuters witness saw at least one person being loaded into an ambulance.
“He has assured me that his team is fully engaged and working in partnership with the London Metropolitan Police as the investigation into the abhorrent attack at Finsbury Park gets under way”, Mr Cairns said.
The Prime Minister did not initially meet the families of those affected by last week’s blaze in Kensington, instead holding a private meeting with the emergency services.
A NORTH London imam who defended an attacker who drove a van into people outside a mosque is being hailed as a hero for saving his life.
“This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship”, she said in a televised address.
The victims were all Muslims and the incident was declared a terror attack on the Muslim population.
Osborne’s sister said he rang her at about 3.30pm on Sunday from London – but gave no hint anything was wrong.
There, he is accused of mounting the pavement just yards from the Finsbury Park Mosque and mowing down a group of British Muslims who had been helping an unwell man. The van driver tried to escape but people grabbed him.
Imam Mohammed Mahmoud was hailed for his efforts to prevent a mob attack and calm the situation before police arrived in shielding the suspected terrorist from the fury of onlookers. I feel scared. I’m really scared. These are the values that define this city, “she said”.
Eight people injured were taken to three separate hospitals; two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The method of the attack was one that’s now familiar – a rented van. Despite the change in leadership and the focus on bolstering inter-faith relations, the mosque reported that it had received a string of threatening emails and letters in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris.