10 injured after van plows into crowd near London Mosque

Frederick Owens
June 20, 2017

A 47-year-old father of four, Darren Osborne, was named in the British press as the man arrested on suspicion of ploughing a van on Monday (Jun 19) into a group of Muslims in London.

Police responded to a report of a van striking a group of Muslims who were leaving evening prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque at about 12:20 a.m. local time.

"Together with people all over this country, I am appalled at the deliberate attack on people leaving their late-night prayers, as the end of their day of fasting, at the mosque in Finsbury Park", Cardinal Nichols stated.

According to a BBC report, more than 60 medics arrived, including ambulance crews, advance paramedics, specialist response teams and a trauma team from London's Air Ambulance.

A 48-year-old man, the driver of the van, was detained by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police on suspicion of attempted murder.

Scotland Yard said the attack unfolded while a man who had taken ill was receiving first aid from the public.

Amin said that when people seized the driver, "he was shouting: 'All Muslims, I want to kill all Muslims.' Literally, he said that".

The suspect could be seen apparently blowing a kiss from a police van after he was arrested. "We stopped all forms of attack and abuse towards him that was coming to him from all angles".

The assault comes on the heels of another attack at London Bridge, in which three men rammed a van into pedestrians and went on a stabbing spree at nearby bars and restaurants, killing eight people.

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"Whatever happened, it was done in a very vindictive way", he said. That attack also appeared inspired by Islamist extremism.

London police are investigating it as a terrorist incident.

"We have been informed that a van has run over worshippers as they left FinsburyPark Mosque". They said reprisal attacks targeting Muslims tend to increase following terror attacks committed by people "labelled as Muslims".

Ratib Al-Sulaman was sitting two minutes away when the incident occurred. "As a society we need to be more proactive and find better ways to defeat those who want to destroy our lives". Five people were killed in that attack.

Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, condemned the attack and blamed it on a "hugely worrying" trend of Islamophobia.

Searches are being carried out at a residential address, where Mr Osborne is listed as living, in the Cardiff area.

The use of a vehicle to mow down pedestrians drew horrifying parallels with the June 3 attack, when three men drove a van into pedestrians before embarking on a stabbing spree, and with another auto and knife rampage in Westminster in March. He complained that the "mainstream media" was unwilling to call the attack a terrorist incident for many hours.

Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, called for Prime Minister Theresa May's government to take action.

Manchester was also hit on May 22 when a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

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