Finsbury Park Attack Suspect Named As Cardiff Resident Darren Osborne

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The man arrested over a van attack on Muslims in north London has been named locally as father-of-four Darren Osborne.

The 47-year-old, who is believed to have been living in Cardiff, reportedly veered into a group of Muslims outside the Muslim Welfare Centre, in Finsbury Park, early on Monday morning.

One man, who had already collapsed before the attack, died after the van, allegedly hired by Osborne, ploughed into the crowd while they administered first aid on Seven Sisters Road.

A further eight people are being treated in hospital following the incident.

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The suspected terror attacker was detained at the scene

Scotland Yard announced police were searching a property in Cardiff after it was revealed the suspect had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and later further arrested over "the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder”.

He is being held at a south London police station after being apprehended at the scene by witnesses who claimed to have heard a man shout "I'm going to kill all Muslims" during the attack.

Police had already declared it was being treated as a terrorist incident.

Residents near Cardiff said said they were "shocked" after seeing photographs of their neighbour being arrested in London.

Police are searching a residential address in Pentwyn, where Osborne is listed as living, in connection with the attack.

Five residents identified images of the man being arrested as their neighbour, Osborne, who according to reports is originally from Somerset.

Saleem Naema, 50, and his young son also said the man pictured was their neighbour.

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

"I know him. I've lived here for five years, he was already living here when I moved in.

"If I ever needed anything he would come. I just can't believe that he did that. I am a Muslim."

Khadijeh Sherizi, who lives next door to Osborne, said: "It is definitely him.

"I saw him on the news and I thought 'oh my God' that is my neighbour.

"He has been so normal. He was in his kitchen yesterday afternoon singing with his kids.

"He was the dad of the family. He has kids. He lives next door. He seemed polite and pleasant to me."

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: "Our thoughts are with all those affected by the incident at Seven Sisters Road and their families, friends and communities.

"This is being treated as a terrorist incident and is being investigated by the Counter Terrorism Command.

“The investigation is ongoing and we are working fast to know the full details of how and why this took place.

"All the victims were from the Muslim community and we will be deploying extra police patrols to reassure the public, especially those observing Ramadan.

"We are working hard to protect all communities and the public will see additional officers patrolling across the city and at Muslim places of worship.

“This was an attack on London and all Londoners. We should all stand together against extremists whatever their cause."

Meanwhile, an imam at the mosque has described how he had to step in to stop the suspect being attacked by an angry crowd immediately after the attack.

Mohammed Mahmoud told reporters: "By God’s grace we managed to surround him and to protect him from any harm.

“We stopped all forms of attack and abuse towards him that were coming from every angle.”

Speaking at the scene of the attack, Met Police chief Cressida Dick vowed to deploy extra officers to protect Muslims observing Ramadan across the capital.

She said during a joint press conference with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan: "This has shocked the Metropolitan Police as much as it has shocked everybody else and we have come here to try to say to people who are feeling utterly devastated, right here and in the wider communities, in particular in our Muslim communities, that we will be doing everything we can in our power to protect you and to support you.

"We take all forms of hate crime incredibly seriously and we want to stop people becoming violent extremists of any sort, however we can.

"Clearly it takes more than just the police.

"People of this community have a very good working experience with the local police, they will be seeing more police in the area - particularly around religious establishments, they will see more officers on the streets, they may see more armed officers on the streets as well."

- Standard.co.uk

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