Vehicle ploughs through crowd near London mosque

Posted June 26, 2017

A van was driven into a crowd of people coming out of a mosque.

Apart from 11 people injured, police were still looking into a possible link between the incident and one death at the scene.

Last night, following a bad anti-Muslim attack in which Islamophobic Darren Osborne drove a van through a crowd of Muslims outside the Finsbury Park mosque following their Ramadan prayers, a vigil was held by the community.

Prime Minister Theresa May has spoken out to say the United Kingdom will not give in to hate.

"[But] the media, yeah, they have to do a little bit more coverage of these leaders who are speaking out against them", answered Rogers.

Rana, who witnessed the incident, said the attacker taunted onlookers as he was arrested.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that there has been a 40% surge in Islamophobic incidents following attacks in London and Manchester during the electoral campaign. "He's just a man with mental issues and I don't know how to cope with all this", she was quoted as saying.

Darren Osborne, 47, was arrested today and his sister has now said she's "sorry for what's happened".

In a separate telephone interview, his mother said she "screamed" when she saw his image on the television. "By God's grace we managed to surround him and to protect him from any harm", Mahmoud said.

In a statement, the family said: "We are massively shocked; it's unbelievable, it still hasn't really sunk in".

Osborne, who grew up in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, was an unemployed mechanic and had reportedly been living in a tent for the past three weeks after breaking up with his long term partner Sarah Andrews, 42.

However, Rowling reiterated her question concerning how exactly Osborne came to target Muslims, pointing out potentially inflammatory statements by right-wing columnist Katie Hopkins and British politician Nigel Farage. "We'd say hello everyday when dropping the kids off at school and he never had a problem with me at all".

"I have assured the leadership of the mosque and the Muslim welfare centre of our prayers and support", he said. I just can't believe that he did that.

Society president Robert Bourns said: 'The people caught up in this bad attack will be dealing with enormous personal distress, as are victims of the other recent terrorist attacks.