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London Van Attack – Suspect Named

A police officer carries flowers to leave alongside of messages near to where a van was driven at muslims in Finsbury Park, North London, Britain, June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

London Van Attack – Suspect Named

The attacker who drove a van into Muslim worshippers has been named.

London Van Attack – Suspect Named

British media outlets have identified the man who drove into worshippers outside Finsbury Park Mosque yesterday as Darren Osborne of Cardiff. The 47 year old from Wales is being held for terrorism offences and attempted murder, according to London’s Metropolitan Police.

The attack yesterday left one man dead and 10 others injured, after a driver ploughed his van onto the pavement and into a crowd just after midnight on Sunday local time, as worshippers were leaving the mosque following Ramadan prayers.

An eyewitness has told BBC that the driver was shouting “kill all Muslims” – “He was saying, ‘I wanna kill more people, I wanna kill more Muslims,’” said Abdulrahman Aidroos.

Floral tributes are seen outside Finsbury Park Mosque, following an attack at the mosque, in London, Britain June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

A group surrounded the man immediately after the attack and reportedly began kicking and punching him. Aidroos said that an imam (Muslim leader) stepped in to make sure that the man was not harmed.

London’s Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said that the attack was clearly directed at Muslims. “Extra officers are on duty in the area to help reassure the local community. They will be there for as long as they are needed,” she said. “We are working as hard as we can to protect all our communities, and we will not be defeated.”

Authorities say that the driver has no known links to extremist groups. Police said they are not looking for any more suspects.

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after visiting the Finsbury Park Mosque where a van was driven at muslims outside the mosque in North London, Britain, June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Meanwhile the British Prime Minister Theresa May visited the Finsbury Mosque the day after the attack, condemning the driver’s actions “It is a reminder that terrorism, extremism and hatred take many forms and our determination to tackle them must be the same, whoever is responsible,” she said.

The Finsbury Park attack occurred on the same day as a similar attack was carried out in Paris, where a man rammed a car carrying weapons and explosives into a police van in the Champs Elysees.

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