LONDON – A Kenyan man, who championed the arrest of the Finsbury attacker has been awarded a UK Citizenship for “exhibiting an ordinary and exemplary attitude of a statesman”.
According to Queen Elizabeth II, “the world would be better off with men like this”.
Eyewitnesses say as others were running from the scene with fears of the attacker being a suicide bomber, the Kenyan man, whose name has been withheld for security reasons, kept heading towards to the attacker to avoid further deaths and injuries.
“The man pulled the attacker from his van and held him until Police arrived” – an eyewitness said.
The Kenyan, who until today was an illegal immigrant, who have had his application to stay in the UK refused twice, has been awarded a British citizenship.
The man accused of ploughing a car into a crowd of people outside a north London mosque has been identified as father-of-four Darren Osborne.
The 47-year-old Englishman has been held by police after the rampage and is being questioned on suspicion of murder and terrorism offences, according to the Metropolitan Police.
Officers have raided what is believed to be his home in Wales in the wake of the attack, which injured at least 10 people.
British Security Minister Ben Wallace said authorities were aware of rising far-right activity but were not aware of the suspect before the incident. He is believed to have acted alone.
Mr Osborne’s mother told the Daily Mail the attack was an “atrocity”.
“I’m not going to defend him but he is my son and it’s a shock. It’s not just robbing a bank, it’s an atrocity,” she said.
UK media reports that Mr Osborne grew up in Weston-super-mare in North Somerset, England, but now lived with his partner and four children in Cardiff, Wales.
The driver was seen smiling and blowing kisses as people lay bleeding around him after the white van ploughed into the crowd as people left evening prayers shortly after midnight on Sunday.
The crowd had been tending to a man who had collapsed on the street. The man later died but it is not clear whether it was as a result of the van attack.
The driver was pinned down by witnesses after the incident and he reportedly shouted that he wanted to “kill all Muslims”.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the incident was “quite clearly an attack on Muslims”.