Sunday, May 29, 2022

Canada: Truck Driver murdered Muslim family, motivated by hate


Mehboob Ali Shaikh
Mehboob Ali Shaikh is the Bureau Chief of World News Observer. Based in Canada, working with Toronto 360 TV. Mehboob has accomplished Years of experience in print and broadcast media. He is an active participant in Social media strategies, including Facebook, Twitter and Skype.

Canadian police said a driver deliberately targeted a muslim family, killing four people and seriously injuring a nine-year-old boy in what has been condemned as an act of Islamophobia.

A 20-year old Canadian, identified as Nathaniel Veltman has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

The victims, all members of the same family, ran over on Sunday evening while waiting to cross a street in the city of London, about 200km (124 miles) southwest of Toronto.

“It is believed that these victims were targeted because they were Muslim,” Det Supt Paul Waight told a news conference on Monday.

The victims were two women – aged 74 and 44 – a 46-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl. They have not been named, by the wishes of the family. A nine-year-old boy was in the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, said police.

The suspect, Veltman, was arrested without incident at a shopping center about 6km (4.8 miles) from the crime scene.

Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, expressed his grief over the murder of a Muslim family and condemned the act of terrorism which reveals the growing Islamophobia in Western countries. He further stated that Islamophobia needs to be countered holistically by the International community.

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