Drunken bar blather of anti-Is­lam driver

New York Post - - NEWS - By DANIKA FEARS dfears@ny­post.com

The driver al­legedly be­hind the van at­tack out­side a mosque in Lon­don was iden­ti­fied Mon­day as a Welsh fa­ther of four who had re­cently ranted about Mus­lims and vowed to “do some dam­age.”

Dar­ren Os­borne, 47, was ar­rested for ter­ror of­fenses and at­tempted mur­der af­ter he rammed a white rental truck into a crowd of Mus­lims out­side Fins­bury Park Mosque around mid­night Mon­day.

The wor­ship­pers had been help­ing an el­derly man who had col­lapsed af­ter Ra­madan night prayers.

“This is be­ing treated as a ter­ror­ist in­ci­dent and is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Counter Ter­ror­ism Com­mand,” said Neil Basu of the Metropoli­tan Po­lice.

Os­borne had been drink­ing at a pub on Satur­day night and got so drunk he was thrown out.

“He was curs­ing Mus­lims and say­ing he would do some dam­age,” a pub pa­tron told the Daily Mail.

Eleven peo­ple were in­jured in the crash, and the el­derly man later died, but po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether his death was re­lated to the at­tack.

Os­borne was de­fi­ant af­ter the crash, shout­ing about his de­sire to “kill all Mus­lims,” wit­nesses said.

“I did the job . . . I done my bit,” he said, ac­cord­ing to a wit­ness. “I’d do it again. I’d do it again.”

Sev­eral men out­side the mosque wres­tled him out of the van and pinned him to the ground — at which point some mem­bers of the an­gry mob at­tempted to beat him up.

But the mosque’s imam, Mo­hammed Mah­moud, 30, in­ter­vened, telling the crowd, “No one touch him. No one! No one!”

Mah­moud is now be­ing hailed as a hero af­ter he and sev­eral oth­ers re­strained the mob, pos­si­bly sav­ing Os­borne’s life.

“Some tried to hit him, ei­ther kicks or punches,” Mah­moud said. “By God’s grace, we man- aged to sur­round him and to pro­tect him from any harm. We stopped all forms of at­tack and abuse to­wards him that were com­ing from ev­ery an­gle.”

When po­lice ar­rived, Os­borne was taken into cus­tody, and wit­nesses said he mock­ingly blew a kiss from the back of a van as they drove away.

Os­borne, who was not on any se­cu­rity watch lists, was ar­rested for at­tempted mur­der and “the com­mis­sion, prepa­ra­tion or in­sti­ga­tion of ter­ror­ism,” po­lice said.

Law en­force­ment searched his home in Cardiff, Wales, where neigh­bors said he had re­cently split with his part­ner, Sarah An­drews, 42, a chef at a nearby pub.

“Oh, God . . . You just can’t imag­ine,” Os­borne’s mother, Christine, told ITV News when asked about her son’s ac­tions. “I just can’t talk about it. I just don’t know.”

TAR­GETED: Dar­ren Os­borne (right) was so drunk, he was kicked out of a pub the night be­fore he al­legedly drove this truck into wor­ship­pers out­side a Lon­don mosque. Imam Mo­hammed Mah­moud (left) pro­tected him from an an­gry crowd.

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