Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

London mosque attack suspect named by British media

It is claimed by witnesses at the scene that he "deliberately" drove onto the pavement outside north London's Muslim Welfare House - yards from the Finsbury Park Mosque - and jumped out of the vehicle screaming "I'm going to kill all Muslims - I did my bit".

"If I ever needed anything he would come". "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".

Authorities say Mr Osborne, from Somerset and owner of a property in Cardiff, appeared to act alone and was not previously known to security services.

The man who was being given first aid at the scene before the attack had died but it was not clear whether his death was directly linked.

Christine said she screamed in horror after spotting her son in TV footage of the attack.

Osborne was reportedly born in Singapore and his mother, sister and nephew live in Weston-super-Mare, near Bristol, southwest England.

Osborne injured at least 10 people and killed one; eight remain in hospital in critical condition.

Christine Osborne, 72, said that she had not seen her 47-year-old son Darren in one month and described him as being a "complex" person.

The suspect remains in custody at a London police station.

'He's never spoken to me about terror attacks or talked about "bloody Muslims" - never in a million years and that's the truth.

Imam Mohammed Mahmoud was being called a hero after he tried to keep bystanders at bay in the tense minutes after the incident.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said it is being "treated as a terrorist incident" adding: "The investigation is ongoing and we are working fast to know the full details of how and why this took place".

Police said extra personnel had been deployed to reassure Muslim communities in London and security outside mosques would be reviewed.

The U.K. Prime Minister, Theresa May, declared the incident a terror attack shortly after the event took place.

The vehicle used in the attack was rented from Pontyclun Van Hire in South Wales.

Regular customers at the pub near his home said that he was kicked out of the establishment on Saturday night because "he was cursing Muslims and saying he would do some damage".

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".

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