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Man died after being hit by van in Finsbury Park attack, inquest hears

Following his death, Makram Ali’s family paid tribute to him as a “quiet, gentle man”.

A grandfather died after being struck by a van which crashed into a group of people during a terror attack near a mosque in north London, an inquest has heard.

Makram Ali, from Haringey, had left a prayer meeting at Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park when he was hit by the vehicle in the early hours of the morning.

The 51-year-old is believed to have suffered a “medical episode” shortly before the incident and had been seen to fall to the ground, but he was alive when the van crashed into him, an inquest at St Pancras Coroner’s Court heard.

The scene in a street in Finsbury Park following the terror attack (Victoria Jones/PA)

A post-mortem examination found Mr Ali’s death was caused by multiple injuries and he was pronounced dead at 1.04am on Monday June 19, Detective Inspector Edwin Hall of the Metropolitan Police told the court.

He said the incident was being treated as a terrorist-related murder and those present were wearing traditional Muslim dress and were easily recognisable as being Muslim.

During a brief hearing, senior coroner for Inner North London Mary Hassell opened and adjourned the inquest until any criminal proceedings have finished.

A police officer lays some flowers passed over by a member of the public, close to Finsbury Park Mosque in north London (John Stillwell/PA)

Following his death, Mr Ali’s family paid tribute to him as a “quiet, gentle man”.

Nine other people were injured in the attack in the early hours of Monday June 19. The area was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers at the time.

Darren Osborne has appeared in court accused of murder and attempted murder over the incident.

The 47-year-old, from Cardiff, is charged with killing Mr Ali and the attempted murder of others at the scene.


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