Canadian Ontario police say Canadian media reported on Monday that the driver had deliberately hit the family because they were Muslim, killing four people and seriously injuring a nine-year-old boy.
The hordes, all members of the same family, were hit when they were waiting for a street about 200 km south-west of Toronto on a London street on Sunday evening.
According to local media, the victims were two women aged 77 և 44, a 46-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl. A nine-year-old boy was seriously injured and is recovering in hospital. Authorities did not release the names of the victims.
“There is evidence that this was a planned, deliberate act motivated by hatred. “The victims are believed to have been targeted because they are Muslim,” said Paul White, a police inspector in London. reports By CityNews.
A 20-year-old suspect identified as Nathaniel Weltman has been arrested, local police say. announcement: earlier in the day. He was charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder, according to Global News.
“The former connection between the suspect and the victims is unknown,” White said.
Fracture. The National Council of Canadian Muslims is terrified and demands justice after a horrific car bomb attack on a Muslim family in the Ontario state of London, which went for a walk on Sunday evening. pic.twitter.com/o1wXqjpnRb:
– NCCM (@nccm) June 7, 2021
The attack comes amid concerns over Islamophobic attacks across Canada, including in the state of Alberta, where Muslim women have been subjected to verbal and physical violence in recent months.
In September, 58-year-old Mohamed Aslim af was stabbed to death near a mosque in the western suburbs of Toronto, where he worked as a security guard. It was a stimulus for the authorities to address that threat extreme right-wing violence more seriously և investigate the attack as: driven by hatred,
Muslim communities in Canada continue to be concerned Mass shooting in January 2017 A mosque in Quebec that killed six Muslim men and wounded several others.
Statistics Canada: he said In March, when police hate crimes against Muslims “slightly increased”, reaching 181 cases in 2019, the last year for which data are available. This is more than 166 cases last year.
On Monday, the National Council of Muslims of Canada, a national advocacy group, said it was “not terrible” because of the deadly attack in London.
“This is terrorism on Canadian soil, and it should be treated as such. “We urge the government to prosecute the attacker in accordance with the law, including on terrorism charges,” said Mustafa Farouk, the group’s chief executive.
“This loss of family, the loss of a child in our community due to Islamophobia – is a grief that will last a long time. But let that sorrow be the ground where we stand for justice, we stand for change. ”
London Mayor Ed Holder lowered flags near the town hall for three days of mourning. “Let me be clear. “This was a mass murder, committed against Muslims, against Londoners, rooted in unspeakable hatred,” Holder said in a statement.
“This unspeakable act of hatred, this act of Islamophobia, [sic] must be followed by acts of compassion, acts of kindness, acts of compassion, acts of solidarity, justice և, first of all, love. ”
Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford expressed his condolences on his Twitter account on Monday. “Hatred and Islamophobia have NO place in Ontario. “Justice must be done for the horrific hate crime that took place in London, Ontario yesterday,” he wrote.
Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said he was “delighted to learn of the four Muslim-Canadians killed in a scandalous Islamophobic attack in London, Ontario.”
“Three generations of the family passed away in an instant. This widespread hatred is very common in our country. We must unite to put an end to hatred with all its might. ”
Agmet Singh, leader of the opposition New Democratic Party (DP), also denounced what he called “an act of Islamophobia and terrorism.”
“They were killed for their faith,” Singh wrote on Twitter. «“More than ever, we must stand up to such vile hatred with our Muslim family, friends and neighbors.”
I am disappointed to learn of four Muslim-Canadians killed in a vicious Islamophobic attack in London, Ontario.
Three generations of the family passed in an instant. This widespread hatred is very common in our country. We must unite to put an end to hatred in all its forms. https://t.co/UYstutwtWx:
– Harjit Sajjan (@ HarjitSajjan) June 7, 2021