Truck Driver Kills Muslim Family Of 4 In "Premeditated" Attack In Canada

Truck Driver Kills Muslim Family Of 4 In

Truck Driver Kills Muslim Family Of 4 In "Premeditated" Attack In Canada

"There is evidence that this was a planned, premeditated act and that the family was targeted due to their Muslim faith", Det.

The incident had occurred on Sunday evening in London, not far from Toronto.

He was arrested without incident at a mall about seven kilometres away from where the family was struck. The two adults and one teenaged child succumbed to their injuries at hospital.

"He was a family guy, very much involved in the community, a regular member of our mosque, a really, really great father", the neighbor, who was not identified, said of Syed Afzaal. The sole survivor, a nine-year-old boy, is in serious condition, according to authorities who said the family did not want the names of the victims released.

A 20-year-old Canadian man has been charged with four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

The driver, who police say was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time of his arrest, appeared in court by video on Monday afternoon.

Veltman does not have a criminal record, and is not known to be a member of a hate group, police said. Islamophobia has no place in any of our communities.

He pointed to recent examples of Islamophobia-motivated violence, including a shooting at a Quebec City mosque in 2017 that left six dead and scores injured.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims said in a statement it was "beyond horrified and demands justice" for the family who were just "out for a walk" on a warm spring evening.

"Words are not enough to express the sorrow and anger we are all feeling in the wake of news that three generations of a family were targeted and killed by a hateful act of Islamophobic terror in London this week", said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. My heart breaks for the family, friends and the entire community. Police said a black pickup truck mounted a curb and struck the victims at an intersection. "Let me be clear, this was an act of mass murder perpetrated against Muslims, against Londoners, and rooted in unspeakable hatred", he said.

"There was people everywhere and running, just citizens trying to direct the emergency vehicles where to go", she said. A few dozen people stood on the sidewalk and several drivers got out of their cars to help.

From her apartment, Martin said she could see the scene and watched an official drape a sheet over one body about midnight. It's bad, this family is just out for walk.

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