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

Ruben Hill
June 8, 2021

The mayor of London, Ontario, says a vehicle attack Sunday night was "rooted in unspeakable hatred". His truck swerved off the road, over the curb, struck the family and then drove off at high speed, police said, citing witnesses.

Police said a 20-year-old London man was arrested shortly after the incident at a mall about a five-minute drive away.

Identified as Nathaniel Veltman, the suspect has been charged with four counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

Following a vehicle attack that killed four people from a Muslim family in Canada, police say they are assuming it was motivated by hatred.

"To the loved ones of those who were terrorized by yesterday's act of hatred, we are here for you".

Police said one woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The 9-year-old boy is in the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Canadian PM said he was "horrified" by the news of killings.

"These were innocent human beings who were killed simply because they were Muslim", said community spokesperson Nawaz Tahir.

"To the Muslim community in London and to Muslims across the country, know that we stand with you", he wrote.

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.

"This hate is insidious and despicable - and it must stop", Trudeau said Monday evening in a social media post.

Friends told AP the family had immigrated from Pakistan 14 years ago and were generous members of the London Muslim Mosque.

London, which has about 400,000 residents, has a large Muslim community and Holder said Arabic is the second-most-spoken language to English in the city.

"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.

"I was shaken up, thinking it was an erratic driver", Martin said.

"They were just out for their walk that they would go out for every day", Khan said through tears near the site of the crash. "Not tomorrow. Today. For the sake of our children, our families, our communities".

CEO Mustafa Farooq calls the incident a terrorist attack on Canadian soil and says law enforcement should consider terrorism charges.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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