London mosque attack suspect named, according to media outlets

The driver of the van that plowed into pedestrians near a mosque in north London has been identified as Darren Osborne, 47, a resident of Cardiff in Wales, according to multiple UK media outlets.

One man died and nine people were hospitalized following the assault, the latest in a series of terror attacks to hit the United Kingdom this year.

The driver, a white man, was wrestled to the ground by members of the public and then arrested at the scene, officials said. He was being held on suspicion of terrorism offenses, police said.

Eyewitnesses reported chaotic scenes as the incident unfolded just after midnight, when evening Ramadan prayers had finished.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was directed at Muslims and condemned it as “every bit as sickening” as deadly Islamist attacks that hit the country in recent months.

‘I just can’t believe that he did that’
Osborne, a father of four, is originally from the English county of Somerset, UK media reported.

The Press Association reported that Osborne’s neighbors were shocked at seeing photographs of him after the attack.
Police said they were searching a residence in Cardiff in connection with the attack. That address is in Pentwyn, where Osborne is listed as living, the Press Association reported.

The suspect was not “on the security services’” radar, Home Office Minister of Security Ben Wallace said.

The London Bridge attack was on June 3. That attack also appeared inspired by Islamist extremism.
The head of Tell MAMA, Fiyaz Mughal, warned of reprisal attacks against Muslims after major Islamist terrorist incidents.
“We saw that very clearly after Manchester, a very high peak. We saw that clearly after London Bridge,” he said.

CNN’s Rebecca Wright, Marilia Brocchetto, Sarah Tilotta, Antonia Mortensen, Laura Goehler, Ryan Prior, Alla Eshchenko and Darran Simon contributed to this report.

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