Four Muslim families were killed in a “planned” truck attack, police said
(Bret Gandlock / Associated Press Canadian Press)
A family of four Muslims who died in a truck attack in Ontario, Canada, and a nine-year-old son of the only surviving family are currently identified.
The dead were Salman Ahzar (46), wife Madiha Salman (44), daughter Yumna Ahzar (15), and Ahzar’s mother (74), whose names have not been revealed. ..
Fayez, Afzaals’ nine-year-old son, survived the attack and “is recovering from a serious injury,” the family said.
According to Canadian police, a black truck ran on a curb in London and attacked five members of the family. Ontario, Sunday before rushing away from the scene. Police say the motive for the attack was hatred.
Detective Paul Waite of the London Police told reporters, “There is evidence that this is a planned and planned act motivated by hatred.
“We believe that the victims were targeted because of the Muslim faith.”
Nathaniel Veltman, 20, from London, Ontario, was charged with four murders and one attempted murder.
According to police, the suspect was wearing a “body armor-type vest” and was arrested “without incident” in the parking lot of a shopping center.
They added that it is not known if the alleged attacker who had never been convicted in the past was a member of the hate group.
Police are said to have consulted with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the prosecution about the possibility of accusations of terrorism.
Witness Page Martin described the scene as “chaos” and told reporters “it was something I absolutely didn’t want to see.”
The attack on Muslims in Canada was the worst since a man shot dead six members of a Quebec City mosque in 2017.
London Mayor Ed Holder said this was the worst mass murder he had ever seen in his city.
He told reporters:
“This was a mass murder rooted in indescribable hatred against Muslims and Londoners.”
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter that the news was “horrifying”: “Islamophobia has nowhere to go anywhere in our community. This hatred is insidious and mean and must be stopped. Hmm.”
“Justice must be directed at the horrific acts of hatred that have taken place,” said Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario.
Veltman will return to court on Thursday after being re-detained on Monday.
Additional coverage by Reuters