Finsbury Park attack suspect 'has been troubled for a long time'

  • Finsbury Park attack suspect 'has been troubled for a long time'

Finsbury Park attack suspect 'has been troubled for a long time'

The man arrested after a van rammed pedestrians near a mosque in north London, killing one person and wounding several others, had expressed antagonism toward Muslims in the days before the attack early Monday, according to British media.

He was quizzed on suspicion of attempted murder, along with the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism.

The incident at Finsbury Park was the fourth attack in Britain since March and the third to involve a vehicle deliberately driven at pedestrians.

The attack, which followed three Islamic State group-inspired attacks in Britain, drew criticism from the Muslim community, which said police were slow to call the incident a "terror attack".

Police confirmed there have been "a number of casualties" in Seven Sisters Road near London's Finsbury Park Station.

Muslims in London and around the world are now taking part in the holy period of Ramadan. The van driver tried to escape but people grabbed him.

That's the sentiment after the Finsbury Park attack, where many questioned why media were not referring to it as an act of terrorism.

"I saw him on the news and I thought "Oh my God" that is my neighbor".

In a statement on behalf of the family, Osborne's nephew Ellis Osborne, 26, said: "We are massively shocked, it's unbelievable, it still hasn't really sunk in".

Both newspapers report that Osborne was thrown out of a local pub on Saturday night for "cursing Muslims".

The incident is being investigated by counter-terror cops, who said they were not looking for any other suspects.

Witnesses said they heard the driver, who was detained by members of the public before police arrived, shout: "I am going to kill Muslims".

"I'm not surprised that this happened, but I will tell you, one of the highlights that I'm glad that you all have placed some attention on, are the Muslim men who came out and captured this guy and held him for the police to come and take custody of him", Steve Rogers told the cast of "Fox and Friends" Monday.

Another neighbour said Osborne had not lived there for 10 years and that he had "family and children in Cardiff".

Another said he had been living in a tent in woodland after being kicked out of the family home.

Breaking down in tears, she added: "I just can't talk about it, I just don't know".

But on Saturday, she said Osborne approached her 12-year-old son and called him "inbred".

"We are Muslim, but I am white", Sherizi said.

Faith leaders were joined by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick at the vigil, which started with a short silence.