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

UK police: Mosque attack suspect held on terror charges

UK police: Mosque attack suspect held on terror charges

"They were calm and collected and managed to calm people down and to extinguish any flames of anger or mob rule that would have taken charge had this group of mature brothers not stepped in".

The attack comes amid fears of retaliation against Muslims following three recent, deadly attacks in the United Kingdom, at Manchester Arena, London Bridge and Westminster Bridge.

Mr Osborne was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and later further arrested over alleged terror offences.

When the driver, whom witnesses described as a middle-aged white man, emerged from the van, onlookers tackled him to the ground and held him there until police arrived.

It said searches were being carried out at a residential address in the Cardiff area in Wales.

Osborne, from Cardiff, was arrested after pedestrians were targeted by a man driving a van near Finsbury Park Mosque in north London early yesterday.

After the silence, Mohammed Kozbar read a brief statement declaring that an "an attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths". The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said he was "totally shocked". Ten people have been injured.

"I can't believe it", Mr Naema, a taxi driver, said.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the ongoing investigation into an attack on worshippers outside a mosque in London.

"This was quite clearly an attack on Muslims who looked like they were probably Muslims and they were coming from a prayer meeting", said the Met police commissioner, Cressida Dick. "We stopped him until the police came". Eight have been hospitalized.

Police said the arrested man would be the "subject of a mental health assessment in due course". That man later died but it is not yet clear if that was due to the terror attack.

He hired the £80-a-day van to carry out the attack in the early hours of Monday morning. He added that the attack had "all the hallmarks" of a terrorist attack.

Mamhoud was joined by several other bystanders who formed a protective ring around the suspect until police hustled him into the back of a van, the Evening Standard reported.

One man died at the scene and 10 people were injured.

"The bad terrorist attack which took place last night was an evil born out of hatred and it has devastated a community", May told reporters as she left the mosque.

The attack took place as the area was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers at the mosque.

Counter-terrorism police have joined regular police officers looking into the incident, the Guardian newspaper reported.

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