Canadian police assume hate motive behind attack on Muslim family أسرة

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021 – 9:05 am
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In the aftermath of a car attack that killed four members of a Muslim family in Canada, police said they assumed it was motivated by hate.

“Investigators believe this was a premeditated act and that the victims were targeted because of their Islamic faith,” a police statement in London, in the southwestern Canadian province of Ontario, said on Monday.

“There is evidence that this was a premeditated act motivated by hatred,” she added.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a tweet on Twitter that he was “deeply shocked” by the attack.

In another tweet, Trudeau explained: “To the Muslim community in London and to Muslims across the country, know that we stand with you…Islamophobia has no place in any of our societies.” This hatred is malicious and despicable — and it must stop.”

Canadian police had said that the victims were from a Muslim family and died in an accident that deliberately drove a truck late on Sunday night.

She added that the 20-year-old attacker, Nathaniel Feltman, was arrested ten minutes after he fled the scene, and continued to be in custody, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

CID officer Paul White said four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder were brought against the attacker, who he described as a targeted attack.

White added that it was possible that the attacker would be charged with terrorism.

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