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Family of London mosque attacker 'devastated'

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 01:36

The family of a man suspected of driving a rented van into Muslim worshippers after they left prayers at a north London mosque said they are devastated at the ''madness'' of the attack. Sarah Charlton reports.

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Darren Osborne: a father of four from Cardiff, restrained outside a London mosque, after allegedly driving a van into worshippers deliberately. The 47-year-old arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and terrorism offences. His family say they're devastated at the "sheer madness" of the attack. Police now guarding their home in Wales, as neighbours speak of a man who seemed just like everyone else. (SOUNDBITE)(English) SUSPECT'S NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOUR, KHADIJAH, SAYING: "I saw him walking the dogs, walking the kids to school and back. Just everyday things like everyone else. Just, you know, he was never unpleasant to me or anything. I just didn't think it is suspect anything or that his views were that strong and that he even hated Muslims, with us being Muslims as well next door. So it is just a shock that he has done what he has done." Eleven people were injured in the attack. Osborne was too, after he was pulled from the van while trying to escape. A local Imam credited with stopping people from beating him up. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MUSLIM CLERIC, MOHAMMED MAHMOUD SAYING: "We stopped all forms of attack and abuse towards him that were coming from every angle . A police van drove past and we flagged them down, we told them the situation, there is a man, he's restrained he mowed down a group of people with his van and there is a mob attempting to hurt him if you don't take him. " If Osborne is formally charged with terrorism it will be considered the fourth such attack in Britain since March. The third to involve a vehicle driven at pedestrians. Police now not only working to prevent terror, but any hate crimes which has been provoked since.

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Family of London mosque attacker 'devastated'

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 01:36