Four killed in 'targeted' attack on Muslims in Ontario, Canada

Ross Houston
June 8, 2021

A family of five who were struck by a vehicle were targeted because they were Muslims, Canadian police said Monday.

Four people have died and another is in hospital after a collision involving a vehicle and a group of pedestrians in northwest London Sunday night.

Police are in contact with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police about whether terrorism charges should be pursued, Waight said.

"It was rooted in unspeakable hatred. The magnitude of such hatred can make one question who we were as a city".

A nine-year-old boy remains in hospital with serious injuries.

"The victims were all members of the same family".

A man is under arrest and faces four counts of first-degree murder.

A 20-year-old London man was arrested a short time later without incident in the area of Oxford Street West and Cherryhill Boulevard.

Detective Supt. Paul Waight said Veltman was wearing a vest that appeared to be like body armour.

Police would not specify why they believe the attack was hate motivated, but said they gathered evidence "from a variety of sources".

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

"We understand that this event may cause fear and anxiety in the community and in particular the Muslim community and any community targeted by hate".

A woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Paige Martin said she was stopped at a red light around 8:30pm (local time) when the large pickup roared past her.

"We saw cars stopping and the first thing we saw was something moving on the corner.when we got closer we saw a kid with black hair", she said. The two adults and one of the children, a teen, died in hospital.

"I'm still in shock", said Martin visibily emotional. "Not tomorrow. Today. For the sake of our children, our families, our communities".

"I grieve for the family, three generations of them are now deceased".

London Muslim Mosque spokesman Nawaz Tahir says the victims were regulars at the mosque. It's terrible, this family is just out for walk. "I just wanted to see".

One man who described himself as a neighbor in an interview with Global News, said he met with the family on holidays. "I can't really come to the terms they were no longer here".

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

"This is a terrorist attack on Canadian soil, and should be treated as such", council head Mustafa Farooq said.

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