Local community reacts to London mosque attack
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LONDON — The man who died at the scene of Monday’s van attack that targeted Muslims was a father of five who earlier was celebrating Father’s Day before he fell after leaving midnight prayers, British media reported Tuesday.
Makram Ali, 51, was on the ground close to the Muslim Welfare House, a mosque in the north London neighborhood of Finsbury Park, shortly before the van swerved onto the sidewalk near the mosque and struck a group of worshipers, injuring nine people, The (London) Times reported.
“He walked out of the mosque and he slipped down and he fell. Then people came to give him water and were checking his heart. The van came and ran over his legs. He was conscious,” said Ali’s daughter, who the newspaper did not name.
The daughter said she held her father as he subsequently died.
Police have not confirmed the victim’s identity. However, the Times account adds details to earlier police confusion over whether the man died as a result of being hit by the van. Still unclear is whether died from a possible heart attack or the injuries.
Ali was originally from Bangladesh, had a pacemaker fitted about two years ago and used a walking stick, the Times reported. The newspaper said he was a well-known figure in the Finsbury Park area and was regularly seen walking to the mosque. Two people in wheelchairs were among those injured in the attack.
The van slammed into worshipers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which draws to a close on Saturday. Three people remain in critical condition.
The suspect, Darren Osborne, 47, a British man living in Cardiff, Wales, was being held Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder and alleged terrorism offenses. Authorities confirmed that the van used in the assault was rented…