London terror attack suspect named by media

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Katie Hopkins has been accused of'radicalising the Finsbury Park attacker by figures such as J.K. Rowling

PA Wire PA Images Katie Hopkins has been accused of'radicalising the Finsbury Park attacker by figures such as J.K. Rowling

A 47-year-old father of four, Darren Osborne, was named in the British press as the man arrested on suspicion of ploughing a van yesterday into a group of Muslims in London. The larger Finsbury Park Mosque, which was once associated with several extremist preachers before it was shut down and reformed, is located nearby. I was angry at what I saw as victim blaming in their immediate coverage (the mention that an Islamist had preached in the area three years ago). While those who target the Muslim community should suffer heavy penalty, we must also step up efforts to educate those who are taking out their anger on people who only want to live in peace alongside the rest of society, until they realise that indiscriminate attacks on Muslims only deepens a sense of Western persecution among supporters of so-called Islmanic State, and increases the likelihood of further terror attacks. Makram Ali, 51, died at the scene in his daughter's arms.

The imam said two men, who he described as brothers, helped prevent a vigilante attack as passions ran high and said they "extinguished any flames of mob rule". On Saturday, Osborne had been thrown out of the Hollybush pub after drinking heavily and getting into an argument.

A neighbour talking to media said: "I know him". Sherazi said her son, Nadeem, 12, said Osborne came up to him while he was on his bike and called him an "inbred".

The PM insisted that the "extraordinary people" who held the driver until police arrived showed terror will never win. Police are also looking into a statement made by his family that he was "troubled for a long time".

No other details were immediately available. "It still hasn't really sunk in", a family statement, read by Mr Osborne's sister, Nicola, and nephew, Ellis, said.

Frank reports that Muna Mohamed said one of her relatives suffered a broken back in Monday's attack and is in critical condition.

London police chief Cressida Dick said the incident was "quite clearly an attack on Muslims" and promised a stepped-up police presence near mosques as the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close.

The unified prayers and solidarity across communities that followed recent terror attacks are anathema to them.

The London ambulance service said a "number of resources have been sent to the scene in Seven Sisters Road". But in order to prevent future attacks of this nature, and to prevent Britain's security situation from spiraling out of control, it's crucial that we understand the environment that contributed to this event.

A witness said the driver of the van that ploughed into people shouted "kill all Muslims".

Pub regular Phil Henry said Osborne was kicked out of the Hollybush pub on Saturday after shouting about Islam. "It's not just robbing a bank, it's an atrocity", she said.

One woman who said she lives next to the scene told the BBC that she had heard yelling and screeching outside her window.

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