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Family of Finsbury Park Attacker Reacts

The Washington Post

The family of the man suspected of ramming a van into Muslim worshipers offered public condolences Tuesday in statements that gave little hint of possible motives behind the latest terrorist strike in London.

The suspect — identified by British media as Darren Osborne, 47 — was heard by witnesses saying he wanted to kill Muslims. But few other details have emerged on what caused Osborne to drive 160 miles from Wales and point his van at crowds outside two London mosques Monday following late-night prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.

At least 11 people were injured before Osborne was wrestled to the ground and arrested. One man died, but it remained unclear whether he was killed in the attack or had collapsed moments before in the Finsbury Park district.

Osborne’s mother, Christine Osborne, 72, told the Sun’s newspaper that her son had mental health problems — which she did not detail — but that he had never expressed any political concerns.

“My son is no terrorist. He’s just a man with mental issues, and I don’t know how to cope with all this,” she was quoted as saying. “As a mum, my heart goes out to everyone in Finsbury Park.”

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“We are massively shocked. It’s unbelievable. It still hasn’t really sunk in,” said Osborne’s nephew, Ellis Osborne, in a statement on behalf of the family.

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