London mosque attack suspect arrested on terror grounds

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

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

Neil Basu, senior national co-ordinator for counter-terrorism policing, said restraint shown by locals was "commendable".

"This vicious terrorist attack against innocent worshipers is clearly aimed at compromising the values of peace, tolerance and diversity", Algerian Foreign Ministry's spokesman Abdelaziz Benali Cherif said in a statement.

Ellis Osborne said his uncle Darren Osborne was "not a racist" and had never expressed any racist views.

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"Inquiries are continuing to establish whether there is any link between his death and the attack", police said. Muslim leaders called for calm.

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

Rabbi Herschel Gluck said the incident was an attack on "every single Muslim in the United Kingdom and beyond". "That's not the kind of reaction I would normally have to hearing a helicopter in London".

British security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with official policy, said hate crimes directed at Muslims have increased almost five-fold in the wake of several attacks in Britain. Theresa May has labelled the terror attack as "sickening". It is also demanded that the media needs to be fair in reporting news.

The mosques' worshippers had just left special prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. "This person was conscious". But those who want to engage in a cultural war against Muslims and Islam are far more numerous. Early police caution about declaring the incident to be terrorist-related was interpreted by the community as discriminatory.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene and eight people were taken to hospital.

"He was sitting and holding him like that, people kept holding him", Ali said.

"There has been an outpouring of sympathy for all for the recent terror attacks but hardly a whisper on this attack", he said. "It's unfortunate that its getting to a place where people are scared". Parents are scared to send their children to evening prayers. In addition to the attackers, seven people are killed and dozens of others wounded. In the past decade, the mosque has transformed its image from one associated with radicalization to one that advocates interfaith harmony.

It is located a short walk away from Emirates Stadium, home of the Arsenal football club in north London.

She said: "It's a awful, bad shock". Vanzella said she went to the window and saw "loads of people gathering" in a corner across the road from her window.

Britain's terrorist alert has been set at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely. I think it's significant that they had the reputation historically of being one of the most militant mosques in London.

In March, a man plowed a rented SUV into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four people before stabbing a police officer outside Parliament. She has also been criticized for her response to a fire in a London tower block last Wednesday which killed at least 79 people.

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