Finsbury mosque attacker identified

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A man who drove his van over a crowd of people leaving a mosque after Ramadan prayers in London Sunday night, killing one person and injuring at least 11 others, has been identified.

The driver of the white van, 47-year-old Darren Osborne, reportedly shouted, “I want to kill all Muslims – I did my bit,” as he was captured. Other witnesses said he added, “I’d do it again, I’d do it again.” Several men in the crowd had tackled the suspect and held him down until police arrived.

After he detained by police and put into a police van, the man was filmed waving to the crowd and blowing a kiss, which angered them even more. Witnesses said the attacker was “smiling, he was waving, he was happy.”

A man in a wheelchair was among those hit by Osborne outside the Finsbury Park Mosque.

One witness, Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi, described the scene:

“I think at least eight or 10 people got injured. Luckily I managed to escape. And then the guy came out of his van and I got him. He was screaming, he was saying, ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims, I’m going to kill all Muslims’. He was throwing punches. Then we managed to get him on the floor. Then he was saying, ‘Kill me, kill me’. I said, ‘We are not going to kill you. Why did you do that?’ He wouldn’t say anything.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan made a statement Monday condemning the attack, saying, “Terrorism is terrorism whether it’s Islamist inspired, or inspired by others.”

Osborne is reportedly from Cardiff and is a father of four, according to the Telegraph.  Some news reports are stating he is 47 years old, others are reporting he is aged 48.

 

The following news report features more footage of the angry crowd tackling the suspect, as well as interviews with witnesses.

 

 

 

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