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Man charged with terrorism-related murder in London van attack

Britain's Prince Charles visits the tributes left at the scene of the Finsbury Mosque attack alongside Imam Mohammed Mahmoud on June 21, 2017. Mahmoud protected the attacker after the incident. Photo courtesy of Reuters/John Nguyen/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) A man suspected of driving a van at Muslim worshippers leaving a London mosque has been charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder, British police said.

Darren Osborne, 47, is accused of plowing the rented vehicle into the group in Finsbury Park in the early hours of Monday morning. One man died at the scene and 11 other people were injured.


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Osborne, a father of four from Cardiff in Wales, was due to appear before magistrates on Friday (June 23).

Police have said the van was driven from Cardiff to London on Sunday, before it crashed into a crowd of people who were attending to a man who had fallen ill outside the mosque.

The man later died, and police said the cause of death was his multiple injuries.

Osborne was arrested at the scene after being apprehended by the crowd. The imam of the mosque intervened to protect him before police arrived.

Osborne’s relatives have said they are “devastated for the families” of the victims and that the attack was “sheer madness.”

The incident was the fourth attack in Britain since March described by police as terrorist, and the third to involve a vehicle driven at pedestrians. Previous attacks were blamed on Islamist extremists.

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