Finsbury Park mosque attack: Sister of suspect Darren Osborne says ‘I am very sorry for what’s happened’

The sister of a man arrested over a van attack at a mosque in north London has said she is “very sorry”.

Darren Osborne, 47, from Cardiff, allegedly veered into crowds outside the Muslim Welfare Centre, in Finsbury Park, in the early hours of Monday.

One man, who had already collapsed before the attack, died after the van, allegedly hired by Osborne, ploughed into the crowd while they administered first aid on Seven Sisters Road.

A further nine people are being treated in hospital following the incident.


Suspected terror attacker Darren Osborne was detained at the scene

Speaking outside a house in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, the suspect’s sister Nicola told reporters: “I am very sorry for what’s happened.”

She added that Osborne’s family would not be making any further statements.

One neighbour said Osborne had not lived there for 10 years and that he had a “family and children in Cardiff”.


Video: Finsbury Park mosque attack suspect filmed blowing kiss after being detained (Samira/Twitter)

Others said they did not know the family at all with one saying most people on the street kept themselves to themselves.

Scotland Yard announced police were searching a property in Cardiff after it was revealed Osborne had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and later further arrested over “the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder”.

He is being held at a south London police station after being apprehended at the scene by witnesses who claimed to have heard a man shout “I’m going to kill all Muslims” during the attack.

Finsbury Park attack June 19

Police had already declared it was being treated as a terrorist incident.

Residents near Cardiff said said they were “shocked” after seeing photographs of their neighbour being arrested in London.

Police are searching a residential address in Pentwyn, where Osborne is listed as living, in connection with the attack.

Five residents identified images of the man being arrested as their neighbour, Osborne.

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Saleem Naema, 50, and his young son also said the man pictured was their neighbour.

“I can’t believe it,” Mr Naema, a taxi driver, said. 

“I know him. I’ve lived here for five years, he was already living here when I moved in.


Treating the wounded: Paramedics and police at the scene of the crash in Finsbury Park (James Gourley/Rex Features)

“If I ever needed anything he would come. I just can’t believe that he did that. I am a Muslim.”

Khadijeh Sherizi, who lives next door to Osborne, said: “It is definitely him.

“I saw him on the news and I thought ‘oh my God’ that is my neighbour.

“He has been so normal. He was in his kitchen yesterday afternoon singing with his kids.


Finsbury Park attack: The scene at Seven Sisters Road where a van believed to be involved mounted the pavement (Jeremy Selwyn)

“He was the dad of the family. He has kids. He lives next door. He seemed polite and pleasant to me.”

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: “Our thoughts are with all those affected by the incident at Seven Sisters Road and their families, friends and communities.

“This is being treated as a terrorist incident and is being investigated by the Counter Terrorism Command.

“The investigation is ongoing and we are working fast to know the full details of how and why this took place. 

“All the victims were from the Muslim community and we will be deploying extra police patrols to reassure the public, especially those observing Ramadan.

“We are working hard to protect all communities and the public will see additional officers patrolling across the city and at Muslim places of worship.

“This was an attack on London and all Londoners. We should all stand together against extremists whatever their cause.”

Anyone who has information should contact police on 0800 789321. People with images or footage from the incident should upload it at

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