Friday, 16 November, 2018

London Van Attack: Brave Imam 'Stopped All Forms' of Assault on Suspect

Melinda Barton | 28 June, 2017, 03:03

It's an atrocity and I just, at the moment in time, I can't cope with it.

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

Father-of-four Darren Osborne, 47, was held on suspicion of attempted murder and alleged terror offences after a van hit Muslims in Finsbury Park. She said she "screamed" upon recognising him on the news. I said to my nan: "'Did you hear that?' She said it was probably to his dogs".

South Wales Police confirmed that 24 hours before the London attack it had responded to a 101 call following reports of an "insecure van" in the Llanedeyrn area of Cardiff.

In March, a man plowed a rented SUV into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, killing four people before stabbing a police officer to death outside Parliament.

His mother, Christine Osborne, described him in a telephone interview with ITV News as a "complex" person but said: "That's all I can say".

"It is a cosmopolitan city and always has been", he said. "We don't want to be linked to it".

His Muslim neighbour, Khadijeh Sherizi, said she had never had any problems with Osborne until this weekend, when he insulted her children.

"In Cardiff, it can be quite racist. I feel scared", Mohamed said. The British government says Osborne was previously unknown to security services.

Osborne's family members revealed a different side of him.

The World's Leo Hornak lives in the Finsbury Park area and says the mood in London is somber, nearly resigned.

"It's unbelievable. It still hasn't really sunk in", a statement from Mr Osborne's family read.

"Yesterday we all experienced a horrific attack on our families, on our freedom, on our dignity".

He said the response of the community had been "extraordinary" starting from the people who were attending the man who died and those who prevented anyone injuring a suspect so that "he was properly arrested, taken away".

DAC Basu added: "The attack unfolded whilst a man was receiving first aid from the public at the scene".

They had been helping a man who had collapsed.

People take part in a vigil at Finsbury Park in north London, where a vehicle struck pedestrians in north London Monday, June 19, 2017.

It was the third major incident in the capital this month, after the London Bridge attack and last week s devastating fire in the Grenfell Tower block, in which 79 people are thought to have died.

The attack early Monday, in which the suspect appeared to have deliberately ram his van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near the Finsbury Park Mosque, is being treated as a terror incident, police said.