In the city of London, Ontario, Canada, a minibus driver driving his vehicle over pedestrians on the sidewalk has left 4 dead and 1 seriously injured. London Police spokeswoman Sandasha Bough said a 20-year-old minibus driver drove her vehicle against people walking on the sidewalk during the incident, which took place in the north on Sunday evening -west London.
This terrible crime is actually much more serious than what is described in these lines … The family, who were the victim of this terrible massacre and perished simply because they were Muslim when they had not committed any crime, sparked outrage not only in Canada but also around the world. The Canadians who came to the place where the incident took place yesterday and the neighbors of the murdered family shed tears all day with their sadness as they decorated the place with flowers.
After the horrific event, police officials called the incident a “hate crime”, while top politicians across the country, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, issued statements condemning the incident.
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It was noted that the attack, which took place in London, Ontario, Canada, where a minibus driver drove his vehicle over pedestrians on the sidewalk, may have been carried out for Islamophobic reasons.
London Police Chief Steve Williams at the press conference regarding the incident which took place last night and 4 relatives have died and 1 child was seriously injured:. “Mentioned.
A family killed in the attack
Noting that they believed the attack was a deliberate act, Williams described the deaths of 4 members of the same family as a “devastating loss” and called on citizens who knew about the attack to call on authorities.
“THIS IS A TERRORISM ATTACK ON CANADIAN SOIL”
In a written statement made by the National Council of Muslims of Canada (NCCM), one of the country’s leading Muslim non-governmental organizations, it was noted that they were horrified by the horrific attack on the Muslim family and called to justice.
CNMC President Mustaa Farooq said: “A man allegedly got into his car, saw a Muslim family walking on the road and decided that they did not deserve to live. He didn’t know them. This is a terrorist attack on Canadian soil and should Considering the government, the terrorism charges, we call on the aggressor to be prosecuted to the fullest extent permitted by law. shared his statements.
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Recalling the attack on a mosque in Quebec City in 2017, in which 6 people were killed and 5 injured, Farooq said Muslims in Canada have become familiar with Islamophobic violence and said, “The loss of this family due to Islamophobia will be a deep pain for a long time. But this sorrow comes from our justice. And let this be the foundation on which we stand for change. ” mentionned.
4 PERSONS FROM THE SAME FAMILY LOSE THEIR LIFE
In the city of London, Ontario, Canada, last night, the minibus driver driving his vehicle over pedestrians on the sidewalk killed 4 people, including a 15-year-old girl, and seriously injured a 9-year-old . boy.
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The driver, named Nathanial Veltman, who is believed to be 20, was arrested and taken into custody on Cherryhill Avenue, about 4 miles from the scene.
It has been reported that Veltman has been prosecuted for 4 murders and one attempted murder, and that the terrorism charge may be added to the case.
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE ATTACK?
The victims are two women aged 74 and 44, a man of 46 and a girl of 15. Their names were withheld at the request of the family. Police said a 9-year-old boy was in hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
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Police identified the assailant as 20-year-old Nathanial Veltman. It was reported that the perpetrator was arrested without incident at a shopping mall about 6 kilometers from the scene of the crime.
Police reported, based on eyewitnesses, that the truck hit the sidewalk, crushed the family, and then drove away.
Officials said the weather was sunny and visibility high when the black truck was seen heading towards the sidewalk of Hyde Park Road at around 8:40 p.m. local time on Sunday.
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“There were people running around,” eyewitness Paige Martin told CTV News. “The citizens were trying to direct the ambulances to the scene. There was a lot of hand gestures and shouting.”
Superintendent Waight said it was not yet known whether the suspect had ties to a far-right group.
Waight said there was “no known connection between the suspect and the victims”, adding that the suspect was wearing a vest that “looks like armor”.
The 2016 census shows that London, a city about 200 kilometers southwest of Toronto, is increasingly populated by immigrants. 1 in 5 people was born outside of Canada. Arabs are the largest minority group in the region. South Asians follow them.
10 PEOPLE LOSE LIVES IN SIMILAR ATTACK IN TORONTO
A similar nationwide event took place in the city of Toronto.
On April 23, 2018, Alek Minassiyan, a Canadian of Armenian descent, drove the minibus he rented into people walking on the sidewalk, causing 10 deaths and 16 injuries.
The incident, which took place on Yonge Street, one of Toronto’s busy business districts, was described as a “terrorist attack in a vehicle crash” and the event was recorded as “the deadliest vehicle crash in Canadian history ”.
Alek Minnasyan, who was arrested after the incident, was arrested 10 times for first degree murder and 16 second degree murder and was put in jail.
PRESIDENT OF CANADA TRUDEAU: MUSLIMS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, KNOW WE ARE WITH YOU
Reactions to the murder of a Muslim family in London, Canada, while driving a car, are on the rise.
Leading politicians across the country, particularly Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have issued statements condemning the event.
It has been reported that the attack in which pedestrians were run over by a minibus in Canada may have been carried out for Islamophobic reasons. Trudeau said he was horrified when he heard the news on his social media accounts after the attack entered the country’s agenda.
Stating that the news from London terrified him, Trudeau said:
“We are here for the loved ones of those who are terrified by this act of hate. We are also here for the child who has been hospitalized with injuries. Our hearts are with you and you will be on our minds as he goes. The Muslim community in London and Muslims across the country, know that we are with you. Islamophobia has no place in our society. This hatred is insidious. It is despicable and must end. “
“SUCH AN ACT OF ISLAMOPHOBIC TERRORISM HAS NO PLACE IN CANADA”
Erin O’Toole, leader of the main conservative opposition party, also called the incident a terrorist attack.
O’Toole shared on his social media account: “The murder of a family for their Muslim beliefs is terrible and heartbreaking. This kind of vile and extreme hatred should be condemned. Such an Islamophobic terrorist act has no place in Canada. the Muslim community. “
New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh, one of the federal opposition parties, said: “The news is frightening. A Muslim family went out for a walk and they were killed for their beliefs. It is an act of Islamophobia and terrorism. More than ever. , we must stand up against this infamous hatred towards Muslim families, our friends and neighbors. ”shared.
Saboor Khan, president of the London Muslim Association, said in a statement released on the country’s official broadcaster CBC: “I am devastated. I’m afraid for our children, I’m afraid for my community, I’m afraid for anyone who wears a headscarf, for anyone who dresses as a traditional Muslim. It was an act of terrorism and it really terrified our community. he said.
On the other hand, a memorial ceremony will be held tonight for the family of four who lost their lives in the City of London.