Religious Leaders Hold Moment Of Silence For Victims Of London Van Attack

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

A man held by police over the attack has been identified as Darren Osborne, a 47-year-old father of four from Cardiff, British media report.

One elderly man, who had collapsed moments before the van appeared, was pronounced dead at the scene, although police have not yet confirmed whether he died as a result of the attack.

Police officers stand guard outside a residential property in Cardiff, south Wales as investigations continue into the attack.

The U.K. police are investigating the incident as a terrorist attack.

Ten people were injured in the attack, all of them Muslims, with eight requiring hospital treatment.

The imam of a London mosque told reporters on Monday that he helped prevent a mob from assaulting the suspect in an alleged terrorist attack that left 10 Muslim worshippers injured.

"We have a witness saying that the guy who did what he did, the driver of the van, said 'I did my bit, ' which means he's not mentally ill", Kacimi said.

The Finsbury Park mosque in north London said the van "deliberately mowed down Muslim men and women leaving late evening prayers" at the mosque and the nearby Muslim Welfare House shortly after midnight.

"There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished".

"Our community is in shock", he said, urging people attending prayers to remain vigilant.

The driver of the van has reportedly been arrested.

"It is a reminder that terrorism, extremism and hatred take many forms, and our determination to tackle them must be the same whoever is responsible", she said.

"I also want to thank you for the work you do to foster good relations in the Finsbury Park community", the cardinal added.

After the London Bridge attack earlier this month, police had described it publicly as a terrorist incident within two and a half hours.

A leader of the Muslim Council of Britain called for extra security at mosques in light of the apparent attack.

A victim of the suspected terror attack near Finsbury Park Mosque does not remember what happened, a relative has said.

But imam Mohammed Mahmoud stepped up and told the angry crowd to stop and to restrain the suspect until police arrived instead.

May said she would chair an emergency security Cabinet session Monday.

Khadijeh Sherizi, who lives next door to Osborne, said: "I saw him on the news and I thought "oh my God" that is my neighbour".

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