Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Everything you need to know about the Finsbury Park attack

Everything you need to know about the Finsbury Park attack

The BBC was among other media which identified the man arrested as Osborne, while London's Metropolitan Police said it would not name the suspect until he was charged.

Community leaders are praising a local imam for restraining a mob that had surrounded the man accused of driving a van into a crowd of worshipers near Finsbury Park Mosque in London.

The US government and Ivanka Trump on Monday expressed sympathy with worshippers attacked while leaving a London mosque - while the president himself remained silent.

In a telephone interview with ITV News, Ms Osborne said she only found out her son was in custody after seeing images of him broadcast on television.

In an attempt to counter some criticism over the delay in classifying the incident as a terrorist attack, she said: "Officers were in the immediate vicinity as the attack unfolded and responded within one minute".

Police said 10 people were injured, with eight taken to hospital, two in a very serious condition.

British authorities, including Prime Minister Theresa May, and Islamic leaders moved swiftly to ease concerns in the Muslim community following the attack shortly after midnight that injured at least nine people in London's Finsbury Park neighborhood, which is home to a large Muslim population.

After being seized, the man said he had wanted to kill "many Muslim people", one witness told journalists.

Finsbury Park Mosque said it was a "callous terrorist attack" and noted it had occurred nearly exactly a year after a man obsessed with Nazis and extreme right-wing ideology murdered lawmaker Jo Cox, a former humanitarian aid worker.

Mrs May said extra police resources would be deployed to provide reassurance after the attack.

Locals held onto the Singapore-born suspect until he was detained by police and later arrested on charges of "the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder". Abdulrahman Aidroos said he and his friends had been tending an old man who had suffered a heart attack when the van was driven at them.

The World's Leo Hornak lives in the Finsbury Park area and says the mood in London is somber, nearly resigned. This isn't the first time the "Quote of the Day" on a London Underground board has been used to spread a message of hope.

"We all have harmony in this area, and these people try to divide us, but we tell them that we will not let you do that". "Three of them were bleeding badly", he said.

He allegedly hurled insults at his Asian neighbour's 12-year-old sonafter the London Bridge attack earlier this month, according to The Telegraph.

- All of the victims were from the Muslim community, police said. "Diverse, welcoming, vibrant, compassionate, confident and determined never to give in to hate", she said in her statement.

This time the attacker deliberately targeted Muslims, according to the police.

"This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship and like all terrorism in whatever form it shares the same fundamental goal".

Earlier this month, three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, before attacking people with knives at the nearby Borough Market area.

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

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