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Police Identifies London Mosque Attack Suspect

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LONDON, June 19, 2017 (Xinhua) -- People leave flowers and cards outside Finsbury Park mosque near the scene of an attack in Finsbury Park in the early hours of this morning in London, Britain on June 19, 2017. At least one was killed and 10 others were injured when a van was driven into worshippers early morning on Monday near a north London mosque in what police have called a
People leave flowers and cards outside Finsbury Park mosque near the scene of an attack in Finsbury Park in London, Britain (Xinhua/Han Yan/IANS)

The person who drived into the worshippers who gathered at the north London mosque attack was identified as a resident of Cardiff, Wales but it not clear whether he was an active member of a far right organisation….reports Asian Lite News

LONDON, June 19, 2017 (Xinhua) -- People leave flowers and cards outside Finsbury Park mosque near the scene of an attack in Finsbury Park in the early hours of this morning in London, Britain on June 19, 2017. At least one was killed and 10 others were injured when a van was driven into worshippers early morning on Monday near a north London mosque in what police have called a "major incident." (Xinhua/Han Yan/IANS) by .
People leave flowers and cards outside Finsbury Park mosque near the scene of an attack in Finsbury Park in London, Britain (Xinhua/Han Yan/IANS)

The suspect in the north London mosque attack that killed one person has been identified as a resident of Cardiff, Wales, who had previously voiced his hatred for Muslims, the media reported.

According to witnesses, Darren Osborne, 47, shouted, “I want to kill all Muslims” as he drove a van in the early hours of Monday into a crowd of worshippers near the Finsbury Park Mosque on Seven Sisters Road, reports the Guardian.

One person died and 11 were injured; Osborne survived the attack and was arrested on suspicion of commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder.

Camera phone footage showed him being captured by worshippers, who attacked him as he screamed, “Kill me”.

When he was eventually arrested and loaded into the back of a police van in handcuffs, he waved to the gathered crowd.

Osborne’s neighbours in Pentwyn said that over the weekend, he had called a 12-year-old Muslim an “inbred” and was thrown out of a local pub for getting drunk, “cursing Muslims and saying he would do some damage”.

Neighbours in the Cardiff suburb where he had lived for several years described him as “aggressive” and “strange”.

LONDON, June 19, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Large amount of media gather outside the police cordon where a van ran into worshippers near a north London mosque, Britain, June 19, 2017. At least one was killed and 10 others were injured when a van was driven into worshippers early morning on Monday near a north London mosque in what police have called a "major incident." (Xinhua/Han Yan/IANS) by .
Large amount of media gather outside the police cordon where a van ran into worshippers near a north London mosque, Britain (Xinhua/Han Yan/IANS)

They told the Guardian that it was unclear what he did for work. Some said he was jobless, but bought and sold cars.

Osborne’s mother, sister and nephew said in a statement: “We are massively in shock, it’s unbelievable. It still hasn’t really sunk in,” reports the BBC.

According to the Metropolitan Police, there was no immediate evidence that Osborne was an active member of a far right organisation.

However, the incident is being treated as a terror attack.

Security Minister Ben Wallace said the suspect was not known to the security services, and was believed to have acted alone.

On Monday night, hundreds including religious leaders took part in a vigil.

After a short silence, chairman of the mosque Mohammed Kozbar told those gathered that the attack was “on our families, on our freedom, on our dignity”, the BBC reported.

It is the fourth terror attack in the UK in three months, after incidents in Westminster, Manchester and on London Bridge.

Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the mosque on Monday morning.