The driver who crashed his van in a pedestrian lane near the mosque in Finsbury Park was revealed to be 47-year old Darren Osborne.
The van’s driver, a 48-year-old man, was restrained at the scene of the attack, and the mosque’s imam kept him from being attacked.
They were carrying out searches of addresses in Cardiff where the vehicle hire company that the van was rented from was based.
People take part in a vigil at Finsbury Park in north London, where a vehicle struck pedestrians on Monday near a mosque.
Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu confirmed that the incident was being treated as a “terrorist attack”.
One man died at the scene and 10 people were injured.
Osborne is suspected of driving a van into a crowd of people who had gathered outside as they were leaving evening prayers at the Muslim Welfare House, a mosque and community center in London’s Finsbury Park neighborhood, the BBC reported.
It is understood he rammed into a crowd of worshippers who were helping a man who’d collapsed.
ITV News spoke to Osborne’s mother, who said: “I’m not going to defend him, but he’s my son and it’s a bad, awful shock”.
Finsbury Park Mosque Chairman Mohammed Kozbar tweeted his condolences for the “cowardly attack”.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim to serve in that position, urged residents to focus on their shared values and to stand together during this an unprecedented period in the capital’s history.
The use of a vehicle to mow down pedestrians drew horrifying parallels with the London Bridge attack, when three men drove a van into pedestrians before embarking on a stabbing spree, as well as with another auto and knife rampage in Westminster in March.
He said: “I couldn t believe when I realised it was him who was accused”.
Witnesses claimed to have heard a man shout “kill all Muslims” during the attack.
The victims were all Muslims and the incident was declared a terror attack on the Muslim population. “I am a Muslim“.
This time, the attacker appeared to have deliberately targeted Muslims.
He was grabbed at the scene by locals and pinned down until police arrived. As a Muslim, she said attacks like the one in London can create fear within the Muslim community in Windsor.
Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the incident as “every bit as sickening” as the recent atrocities in London and Manchester.