Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday denounced a “terrorist attackAfter the death Sunday evening of four members of a Muslim family deliberately mowed down by the driver of a pickup truck in London, Ontario.
«This killing was not an accident. It was a terrorist attack, motivated by hate, in the heart of one of our communitiesJustin Trudeau commented during a speech in the House of Commons. The perpetrator of the attack, arrested shortly after the incident, was charged with four counts of premeditated murder and several leaders of the Muslim community called on the courts to qualify this act as terrorism.
A nine-year-old boy from the same family was also hospitalized in serious condition following the attack, which took place Sunday evening in the city of London, 200 km southwest of Toronto. “We all hope the little boy can recover from his injuries quickly. Even if we know that he will live for a long time with the sadness, the incomprehension and the anger caused by this cowardly and Islamophobic attack», Added the head of the Canadian government.
The Prime Minister recalled that several attacks against the Muslim community had been perpetrated in Canada since the shooting at the Quebec mosque which killed six people in 2017. “They were all targeted because of their Muslim faith», He underlined. “It’s happening here in Canada and it’s got to stopAdded Mr. Trudeau, promising in particular to step up the fight against extremist groups.
This drama caused emotion and anger within the Canadian Muslim community. A funeral vigil is scheduled for early Tuesday evening in London, in tribute to the victims. London police claimed on Monday that the suspect, Nathaniel Veltman, 20, had deliberately run into a Muslim family with his pickup as part of an act “premeditated and planned, motivated by hate».
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