Imam who shielded Finsbury Park attacker from angry worshippers awarded OBE

Left to right: Imam Mohammed Mahmoud and Darren Osborne.

An imam from London who protected the Finsbury Park attacker from angry worshippers moments after he drove his van into Muslims has been awarded an OBE.

Imam Mohammed Mahmoud, who is now based at the East London, was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the community.

Prince William awarded him the honour at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

Minutes after the Finsbury Park attack 19 June 2017, Imam Mahmoud guarded the far-right attacker Darren Osborne who had driven a van into Muslim worshippers who were leaving the mosque after tharawi prayers.

The mosque attack which happened in Ramadan killed Makram Ali, 51, and injured nine others, but the imam was praised when he shielded Osborne from angry worshippers.

Imam Mahmoud kept the crowd from hurting Osborne by standing in front of him until police arrived at the scene.

In February 2018, Osborne was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 43 years, after being convicted of murder and attempted murder.

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