The man suspected of using a van to attack worshipers at a London mosque has been identified as 47-year-old Darren Osborne, a father-of-four from Cardiff, Wales. Police have confirmed that he will be charged with the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism and attempted murder.
While a statement from the Metropolitan police says does not mention the attacker’s name but confirms he is being charged as a terrorist…
“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.”
At this stage in the investigation, it is believed that the suspect acted alone but we are of course investigating all the circumstances leading up to the attack.
There were no reports of any people having suffered knife injuries.
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.”
As RT reports, 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.