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Killing of Canada Muslim family with truck was hate crime

Killing of Canada Muslim family with truck was hate crime”

"Investigators believe that this was an intentional act and that the victims were targeted due to their Islamic faith", a statement from police in London, Ontario, said on Monday.

Superintendent Paul Waight said Monday it's believed the suspect meant to harm the family in what investigators are calling a "premeditated attack, motivated by hate".

The incident occurred Sunday evening when a truck plowed into the group of pedestrians.

Veltman was arrested roughly seven kilometres away from the scene in the parking lot of Cherryhill Village Mall on Oxford Street shortly after the family was struck.

An adult woman was pronounced dead at the scene while the teenager and two adults later died at hospital and in addition, one child remains in hospital. The family requested the names not be released.

A woman in her 70s, a man and woman in their 40s, and a girl, 15, were killed in the attack.

A 9-year-old boy remains in hospital in serious condition.

What happened: A young man plowed his black pickup truck into the victims at an intersection in London as they were walking, authorities said at a press briefing on Monday.

The attack was pre-planned and pre-meditated and the suspect was wearing a vest that appeared to be like body armour during the attack, police said.

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Canada is generally welcoming toward immigrants and all religions, but in 2017 a French Canadian man known for far-right, nationalist views went on a shooting rampage at a Quebec City mosque that killed six people.

London Mayor Ed Holder ordered flags outside the city hall to be lowered for three days of mourning.

Police are in contact with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police about whether terrorism charges should be pursued, Waight said.

The leader of the federal New Democrats says the killing of a Muslim family in London, Ont., is "an act of Islamophobia & terror".

Martin said her vehicle shook from the force of the passing truck. "My heart is just so broken for them", she said.

"I was shaken up, thinking it was an erratic driver", Martin said.

She said that she believed the victims who were struck were "a family just out for a walk".

She later saw a flurry of emergency vehicles speed to the scene.

Blue evidence markers on the ground dotted the intersection and officers were performing line searches for several hundred metres in the field next to the sidewalk.



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