- Met Police
LONDON – Police have formally named Makram Ali as the victim of the Finsbury Park mosque attack on Monday.
The 51-year-old died of “multiple injuries,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement, citing a special post-mortem examination.
It suggests that Ali died as a result of being hit by the van, rather than the collapse he suffered in the moments before the atrocity.
Ali was among a group of Muslims allegedly targeted by British man Darren Osborne at 12.20 a.m. BST (7.20 a.m. ET) on Monday morning.
Osborne is suspected of driving a hire van into the individuals, who had just emerged from worshiping in the Finsbury Park mosque. He is said to have shouted that he wanted to “kill all Muslims” after the attack. Osborne, 47, remains in police custody.
Nine people were taken to hospital as a result of the attack. Four patients remain in hospital, with two receiving critical care.
Ali came to the UK from Bangladesh when he was 10 years old. He was married with four daughters, two sons, and two grandchildren. His family said they were “devastated” by his death.
In a statement, released through the Met Police, they said:
“Our father was a quiet gentle man, he didn’t get involved in political or social discussion, he instead took comfort and enjoyment spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren and he was always ready to make a funny joke when you least expected.”
The Met Police have appealed for more evidence. Detectives released a photo of the van used in the attack and urged people to come forward with information.
- Met Police
Police said the van left the Cardiff area, where Osborne lives, at 8.20 a.m. on Sunday, June 18, and arrived in London on Monday.
Scotland Yard’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has provided information so far – their accounts are assisting the investigation hugely – but we need more people to come forward and tell us what they saw and what they know about the driver of this van.”
Those with information can call 0800 789 321.