Darren Osborne Named as Attacker of Mosque Previously Linked to Extremism
The man arrested on suspicion of carrying out the Finsbury Park terror attack is 47-year-old Darren Osborne from Cardiff, the BBC understands.
He allegedly hired the £80-a-day van for his attack in the early hours of this morning.
He was held after a van hit Muslims who had been attending evening prayers at the north London mosque with previous ties to extremism.
They had been helping a man who had collapsed. He later died but it is not clear if it was because of the attack.
Darren Osborne was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and later further arrested over alleged terror offences.
Police were tonight searching Osborne’s suburban terraced home in Glyn Rhosyn, Pentwyn, for clues as they investigate what they are treating as terrorism and ‘clearly an attack on Muslims’.
Neighbours told of their shock after seeing pictures of Osborne being arrested by police.
Dave Ashford, 52, said: ‘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 ‘S***, it’s him’.’
Another neighbour said: ‘He had lived on the estate for a few years. He’s always been a complete c*** but this is really surprising.’
And another man who lived near Osborne’s home said: ‘I arrived home from work to find the street crawling with police – it’s a complete shock.’
People in the quiet village were baffled at how the van from the area was used in the attack.