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Nathaniel Veltman, jumped the curb in his truck, smashing into five members of the family – ranging in age from 9 to 74 – and then fled the scene of carnage at high speed.
Detective Superintendent Paul Waight of the London police department said there was “evidence that this was a planned, premeditated act, motivated by hate”.
“We believe the victims were targeted because of their Islamic faith,” Waight said.
20 year old Nathaniel Veltman has rammed his truck into a Muslim family who were waiting at an intersection in London, Ontario, killing 4 of the 5 family members and injuring the 9 year old boy.
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Nathaniel Veltman is 20-years-old.
Speaking in the House of Commons today, Trudeau said: “This killing was no accident. This was a terrorist attack, motivated by hatred, in the heart of one of our communities.”
“We all hope the little boy can recover from his injuries quickly, even though we know he will live a long time with the sadness, incomprehension and anger caused by this cowardly Islamophobic attack” Trudeau added, briefly switching to French.
“They were all targeted because of their Muslim faith. This is happening here, in Canada. And it has to stop.” Veltman, a London resident, who was wearing a vest “like body armor”, was arrested in parking lot of a nearby mall after the attack.
He has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.
The London Free Press named the victims as Syed Afzaal, 46, his wife, Madiha Salman, 44, and their 15-year-old daughter, Yumnah Afzaal.
Syed Afzaal’s 74-year-old mother, whose name has not been confirmed, was also killed. Their 9-year-old son, Faez Afzaal, is in hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Canada’s Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair described the attack as a “horrific act of Islamophobia”. London Mayor Ed Holder called the attack “an act of mass murder perpetuated against Muslims”.
“It was rooted in unspeakable hatred,” he said. “The magnitude of such hatred can make one question who we were as a city.”
London Police Chief Stephen Williams said there is “no tolerance” in the community for hatred or targeting others with violence.
“We understand that this event may cause fear and anxiety in the community, particularly in the Muslim community, in any community targeted by hate,” he said.
Witness Paige Martin told reporters a black truck blasted past her and ran a red light as she was walking, and then she saw “chaos” at the scene.
“They were just out for their walk that they would go out for every day,” he said through tears near the crash scene. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “horrified” by the attack.
“We are also here for the child who remains in hospital – our hearts go out to you, and you will be in our thoughts as you recover.
“To the Muslim community in London and Muslims across the country, know that we stand with you. Islamophobia has no place in any of our communities.
“This hate is insidious and despicable – and it must stop.” Ontario Premier Doug Ford said “justice must be served for the horrific act of hatred that took place”.
And in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the attack, saying it indicated “growing Islamophobia” in Western countries.
“Islamophobia needs to be countered holistically by the international community,” he said on Twitter.
The attack was the worst against Canadian Muslims since a man gunned down six members of a Quebec City mosque in 2017.