Man arrested on suspicion of terrorism in London Mosque attack

LONDON (KUSI) — A 47-year-old man was charged with a terror offense after ramming his vehicle into a crowd outside a London Mosque Monday.

Chaos erupted outside the Finsbury Park Mosque at about 12:20 a.m. GST Monday when Darren Osborne, a father of four from Wales, drove his car through the crowd of worshipers, according to authorities. One man died at the scene and nine others were injured. 

"This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship," May said in an address Monday. "And like all terrorism, in whatever form, it shares the same fundamental goal. It seeks to drive us apart – and to break the precious bonds of solidarity and citizenship that we share in this country. We will not let this happen."

A crowd surrounded the man after the incident and waited until police could take him away. Osborne was initially arrested for attempted murder. A terrorism charge has since been added.

Metropolitan Police Service increased officer presence around London and outside Mosques after the attack, according to Prime Minister Theresa May. Police presence was already increased in light of three recent Islamist-inspired attacks, which have spurred a surge in hate crimes around Britain, according to the Associated Press. 

London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for unity. "While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge, it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect."

The Finsbury Park Mosque was associated with extremist ideology after the 9/11 attacks, but was shut down and reorganized. The Mosque has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade, according to the Associated Press. 

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