Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

US 'strongly condemns' attack near London mosque

US 'strongly condemns' attack near London mosque

Darren Osborne's sister Nicola said her brother had been "troubled for a long time".

Security Minister Ben Wallace said the man was not known to the security services and police said they believed he was acting alone. One man was killed and several others were injured in the attack.

She described her son as being a "complex" person but said "that's all I can say".

British media identified the suspect as Darren Osborne from the Welsh city of Cardiff.

An imam prevented a mob attack on the suspected terrorist van driver who just minutes earlier had mowed down Muslim worshippers at a mosque.

The Metropolitan Police report Osborne is now "being held on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder".

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

The man, who is in custody at a south London police station, was arrested earlier on suspicion of attempted murder.

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.

"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 have assured the leadership of the mosque and the Muslim welfare centre of our prayers and support", he said.

At the time of his arrest, while waiting in a police van, Osborne was apparently "blowing kisses" to the angry crowd surrounding him.

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His family said Alhajali "came to the United Kingdom because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family". He also formally identified the first person known to have died as 23-year-old Mohammad al-Hajjali, a Syrian refugee.

On March 22, a man drove a rented vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead.

The attack comes amid fears of retaliation against Muslims following three recent, deadly attacks in the United Kingdom, at Manchester Arena, London Bridge and Westminster Bridge.

Witnesses described hearing the van driver shout: "I'm going to kill Muslims" and "I've done my bit".

A statement by the Council of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands, issued on Monday, said: 'We ask the Dutch Muslim community to keep their heads and not let themselves be provoked by this.

The U.K. Prime Minister, Theresa May, declared the incident a terror attack shortly after the event took place.

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