A man driving a pickup truck jumps a curb in the Canadian province of Ontario. and Muslim families Four members were killed and one more seriously wounded, according to police as a target of anti-Islamic criminals.
20 year old man wearing a vest “Like armor” fled the scene late Sunday evening. But he was arrested at a department store away from an intersection in London. Ontario is about four miles away, Detective Superintendent Paul Waight said Monday.
Nathaniel Veltman of London faced four first-degree murders. Police said he did not know the victim.
“There is evidence that this is a pre-planned action. inspired by hatred It is believed that these victims were targeted because they were Muslims,” Vet told reporters. It noted that the suspect̵7;s social media posts were reviewed by the police. AFP reports
He said investigators did not determine whether the suspect was a member of any hate groups, and added that police were working with federal agencies to investigate potential terrorism allegations.
The family released a statement identifying the victims as Salman Afzal, 46, his wife Madiha, 44, daughter Yumna, 15, and grandmother, 74, whose names were withheld.
The boy who was hospitalized was identified as Fayez.
“Everyone who knows Salman and the rest of the Afzal family knows their model family of Muslims, Canadians and Pakistanis,” the statement said.
“They work very hard in their field and are very good at it. Their children are top students in school and are strongly connected to their spiritual identities.”
Salman is a physiotherapist and cricket enthusiast, and Madiha is currently working on a PhD in civil engineering at Western University, according to an online fundraising account. Their daughter is graduating from 9th grade and Grandma is the “pillar” of the family.
The family said people had to stand up against their hatred and hatred of Islam.
“The young man who committed this terrorism was influenced by the groups he was involved with. and the rest of the community must stand against this. From the highest levels in our government to all members of the community,” they said in a statement.
The five family members were walking down the sidewalk together at around 8:40 p.m. Sunday when a black car “up the curb and hit” them as they waited to cross an intersection, police said.
Mayor Ed Holder said of the incident: “It was a massacre that happened to Muslims. It is rooted in unspeakable hatred.”
Police Chief Stephen Williams also said: “This community has no tolerance inspired by hatred that targets others with violence.”
Paige Martin, a nearby resident who witnessed the aftermath of the fatal crash, said she was stopped at a red light when a large pickup truck roared past her. She said her car was shaking from the force.
“I was shivering because I thought it was an unpredictable driver,” Martin said, adding that she soon arrived at a horrifying and chaotic scene at an intersection.
Soon the rescuers came to the rescue. One police officer performed chest compressions on one person and three others were lying on the floor.
Several drivers also got out of their cars to help.
“I couldn’t get the screams out of my head,” Martin said. “My heart was broken for them.”
zahid khan family friend It said the victims had migrated from Pakistan 14 years ago and were members of the London Muslim mosque who were devoted, kind and considerate.
“They go out for a walk every day,” Khan said tearfully near the scene. “I just want to see”
Qazi Khalil said he saw the family, who lived nearby, on Thursday as they were out for a walk.
“This has completely destroyed me from within. I really can’t help it that they are not here anymore,” Khalil said.
Holder said the flag would be lowered for three days in the city. He said there were 30,000 to 40,000 Muslims among more than 400,000 residents.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “For the Muslim community in London and Muslims across the country. know we stand by you
“Islamic fear is nowhere in our community. This hate is insidious and repulsive – and must be stopped,” he added.
The National Council of Muslims in Canada said in a statement: “Beyond fear and demand justice” for victims who recently “Go for a walk” on a warm spring evening.
“This is a terrorist attack on Canadian territory. And it has to be treated like this,” Council President Mustafa Farook told Radio Canada. According to the AFP report
The Muslim Association of Canada also called on the authorities to “Prosecuting this horrible attack is an act of hate and terrorism.”
“Hate and hatred of Islam have no place in Ontario,” Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford said in a tweet. “These evil acts of violence must be stopped.”
The attack brings back painful memories of a mass shooting at a mosque in Quebec City in January 2017, when the 27-year-old white supreme supreme leader opened fire on worshipers, killing six men and wounding them. 5 more serious
At the time, before the March 2019 mass shootings at a mosque in New Zealand, it was the worst attack against Muslims in the West.
Gunman Alexandre Bissonette was sentenced to 40 years in prison, but that was downgraded on appeal and the Supreme Court is reviewing his punishment.
On April 23, 2018, a 28-year-old man plowed his rented van into a pedestrian. Killed 10 people
Prior to the attack, Alek Minassian posted a reference on Facebook about the online community of “Involuntary singles” whose sexual frustrations led them to embrace misogyny ideology.
Minassian was found guilty in March of killing 10 people and attempting to kill 16 others. He will be jailed in January 2022.