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Monday, June 19, 2017

Police Identify Finsbury Park Mosque Suspect as 47yo Darren Osborne

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Police have named the man suspected of using a van to attack worshipers at a London mosque as 47-year-old Darren Osborne, a father-of-four from Cardiff, Wales.

Osborne's neighbor, 52-year-old Dave Ashford, told the Guardian he was shocked to discover that Osborne was suspected of being behind the attack.

“Someone called me and said it was him and I said ‘It can’t be’. Then I saw the picture on the news and said, 'it’s him," he said.

“A 47-year-old man was arrested for attempted murder and taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody. He has further been arrested for the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder,” a statement from the Metropolitan police says.

The police statement does not mention Osborne by name.

Osborne's family is believed to be based in Weston-super-Mare, England.

One person died and 10 others were injured in the incident, which British Prime Minister Theresa May has called "sickening," and London's mayor has described as a "horrific terrorist attack."

The attack took place after worshipers had finished prayers during the holy month of Ramadan. All of the victims were Muslim, according to police.

It is not clear whether the person who died, died because of the vehicle assault or not. People were administering first aid to one man before the incident and it is not known whether it was that person who died, or whether the vehicle assault contributed to his death. 

There are lots of questions to be answered in this horrible incident, but it certainly appears to have been an attack on Muslims by a white man. Was he influenced by right-wing extremists? Was he acting alone and spontaneously? Was he affected by drugs? 

Unlike Muslim terrorists who see themselves as martyrs and assume they will be going to Paradise where 72 virgins await them, there is no reward for non-Muslims to kill Muslims. Hopefully, police will be able to determine what his motivation was. 

Weston-super-Mare, across Bristol Channel from Cardiff