UK Police Investigating Terror Links as London Mosque Incident Kills One

Claudine Rigal
Juin 20, 2017

Witnesses described him as white, with tattoos, while police later confirmed they had arrested a 48-year-old on suspicion of attempted murder, they added they were not looking for anyone else.

The BBC says Osborne, a father of four, is reportedly from the Cardiff, Wales, area.

Some members of the community suggested in the aftermath of Monday's Finsbury Park attack - which left one man dead and 10 injured - that it was not handled the same way as the attacks on London Bridge and Westminster attacks earlier this year. A witness told Sky News that two other people fled the scene of the attack, but police said there were no other suspects at present.

An elderly man died after the attack.

CNN Terrorism Analyst Paul Cruickshank said Monday afternoon: "The police need to get a sense of the motivation of the culprit or culprits and mechanics of the attack before they make that call".

The attack took place just after midnight outside the Muslim Welfare House, which houses a mosque, on the Seven Sisters Road in the northern part of the city, the Guardian reported.

Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn made separate visits to Finsbury Park Mosque, close to the site of the attack.

Egypt's Al-Azhar institution, a leading authority of Sunni Islam, called it a "racist, sinful act" and urged "Western countries to take all precautionary measures to limit the phenomenon of Islamophobia".

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

Counter-terror officials said they were closely monitoring terror activity linked to far-right groups but most of the recent attacks have been traced to individuals rather than groups.

He said: "I couldn t believe when I realised it was him who was accused. He did what he did deliberately to hit and kill as many Muslims as possible, so he is a terrorist".

"We found that a group of people quickly started to collect around him. and some tried to hit him either with kicks or punches", Mohammed Mahmoud told reporters.

Commissioner Dick said: "This was quite clearly an attack on Muslims who looked like they were probably Muslims and they were coming from a prayer meeting".

"All the victims were from the Muslim community and we will be deploying extra police patrols to reassure the public, especially those observing Ramadan", he added.

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