London Van Attack: Brave Imam ‘Stopped All Forms’ of Assault on Suspect

Osborne was being held on suspicion of terrorism offenses as well as murder, according to the police.The terror probe led investigators to the Welsh capital Cardiff, where they searched a property said by media to be the home of Osborne.”I’m not going to defend him, but he’s my son and it’s a awful, bad shock”, she told ITV.An ex-schoolmate, who attended Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College with him, said: “I went to school with him, I’ve known him for 35 years, it’s 100 per cent him”.A man, who had earlier suffered a heart attack, died at the scene but it was not clear if his death was connected to the van attack.They praised Imam Mohammed Mahmoud as an model after he defended the suspect when he was set upon by a group of angry locals following the attack.The family of Darren Osborne, the man suspected of deliberately driving into the Muslim group, said he was “troubled”, describing his action as “sheer madness”.One eyewitness who lives nearby told the BBC she saw people “shouting and screaming”.”I have assured the leadership of the mosque and the Muslim welfare centre of our prayers and support”, he said.In a statement given to local media on behalf of his family, his nephew Ellis Osborne said: “We are massively shocked; it’s unbelievable, it still hasn’t really sunk in”.TOP IMAGE: The white van used in the latest London terror incident, near Finsbury Park Mosque.The driver was reportedly restrained by the crowd until he was taken into police custody.Worshippers were injured as they left the Muslim Welfare House after midnight prayers during Ramadan.The incident had “all the hallmarks” of a terrorist attack, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, a senior counter-terrorism officer from the Metropolitan Police, told reporters.Police, who haven’t formally named him, said Tuesday they could not release details on whether the attacker was drunk at the time of the attack or whether he was on other medication.British authorities and Islamic leaders moved swiftly to ease concerns in the Muslim community after a man plowed his vehicle into a crowd of worshippers outside a north London mosque early Monday, injuring at least nine people.”But we can all play a part in keeping our friends, families and fellow citizens safe from terror, and that is by being vigilant to anything unusual, and raising any concerns about suspicious activity or behaviour to police”.Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer, head of community engagement at the Metropolitan Police, said: “We understand this latest attack will make people feel fearful and anxious”.