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Canada Father of man accused in anti-Muslim attack in London, Ont., calls it 'senseless act'

00:41  11 june  2021
00:41  11 june  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

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READ MORE FROM CTV NEWS LONDON : What we know about the man accused in the London , Ont . attack . Veltman and his twin sister are the eldest of six siblings, ranging in age from 10 to 20. His father works at a technical college in Sarnia, Ont ., while his mother has worked as a personal “The terrorism charge is certainly on the radar,” London Police Chief Stephen Williams told CTV News. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and several other politicians have called it a terrorist attack . "Their lives were taken in a brutal, cowardly, and brazen act of violence,” Trudeau

A man prays outside of the Al Masjid Al Jamia mosque in Vancouver, British Columbia on Tuesday June 8, 2021. Canadians across the country continue to mourn after an Islamophobic terrorist act in London , Ont ., killed four members of the same Muslim family. (Ben Nelms/CBC). Prime Minister Justin Trudeau explicitly called the attack an act of terror in the House of Commons Tuesday. "This killing was no accident. This was a terrorist attack ," Trudeau said in a speech. He vowed to redouble the government's efforts to dismantle "far-right hate groups" and said his government will do more to

LONDON, Ont. — The father of a man accused in the deadly attack against a Muslim family in southwestern Ontario is calling the incident "a senseless act."

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Mark Veltman says what happened was an "unspeakable crime" and there are no words to properly express his sorrow for the victims.

Twenty-year-old Nathaniel Veltman made a brief virtual appearance in court this morning to face four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

Veltman, wearing an orange T-shirt and orange pants with a blue mask, spoke calmly and clearly from the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre.

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London ’s mayor called it an act of “mass murder.” Two online fundraisers for the surviving boy had taken in about .3 million as of Tuesday evening. One fundraising web page said the father was a physiotherapist and cricket enthusiast, while his “brilliant” wife was working on her PhD in Veltman was a part-time worker at Gray Ridge Eggs Inc. in Strathroy, Ont ., company CEO William Gray said in a statement expressing shock and sorrow at the “hateful attack .” Catia Dias, a Grade 5 and 6 teacher, said she and her family went to the vigil to support a Muslim community grappling with the tragedy.

Three generations of one family taken in a senseless act of hatred and violence,” Ford said at the event. Ford thanked the first responders and community members who rushed to the scene of the attack . 1:05 Imam Abdul Fattah Twakkal calls for commitment to end racism at vigil for Muslim family killed Ontario Premier Doug Ford places flowers at a vigil for the victims of the deadly vehicle attack on five members of the Canadian Muslim community in London , Ont ., on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette. The campaign’s organizers said funds raised will be donated.

Relatives have identified the dead as 46-year-old Salman Afzaal, his 44-year-old wife Madiha Salman, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Salman and her 74-year-old grandmother, Talat Afzaal.

The couple's nine-year-old son, Fayez, was seriously wounded but is expected to recover.

"Mr. Veltman have you retained counsel?" asked Justice of the Peace Robert Seneshen.


Video: Muslim community reacts to attack against family in London, Ont. (Global News)

"I've only spoken to them," Veltman said, adding that he was in discussions with a local law firm.

Police allege the attack was a planned and premeditated act that targeted Muslims.

Court heard that the Crown continues to work on disclosure, which will be provided to Veltman once he has retained a lawyer.

The latest news developments on the fatal attack in London, Ont.

  The latest news developments on the fatal attack in London, Ont. The latest news on the vehicle attack in London, Ont., that killed four members of a Muslim family and seriously injured a nine-year-old boy on Sunday (all times eastern): --- 9 p.m. Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole says reports that a vehicle attack that killed four people in London, Ont., was motivated by the fact the victims were Muslim is "horrific and heartbreaking." In a series of social media posts, O'Toole expressed his deepest---

The 20-year-old charged in the fatal truck attack of a Muslim family in London , Ont ., is set for his next court hearing today. Nathaniel Veltman, 20, of London was charged earlier this week with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. His hearing Thursday will be accessible Police say the family was targeted because of their Muslim faith, and they’re in touch with RCMP and prosecutors about the possibility of filing terrorism charges against Veltman. Since his arrest less than 10 kilometres from the scene, Veltman has been housed at the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre.

The man accused of deliberately driving down and killing four members of a Muslim family in London , Ont ., is Mourners place flowers at the scene of a hate-motivated vehicle attack in London , Ont . on Tuesday Police have said the attack was a planned and premeditated act that targeted Muslims . The London Muslim Mosque, which the family belonged to, has called for a national summit on

Veltman is set to return to court on June 14.

Meanwhile, calls continue to grow for a national summit on anti-Muslim hate.

The National Council for Canadian Muslims has a petition signed by more than 35,000 people calling for all levels of government to tackle Islamophobia.

"This loss of a family, the loss of a child in our community because of Islamophobia – this is a sorrow that will run deep for a long time," the council wrote in the petition. "Let that sorrow be the ground where we stand for justice and stand for change."

The group's petition echoes a call by the London Muslim Mosque, to which the family belonged.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 10, 2021.

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Jarvis: How do you tell a nine-year-old boy that his whole family has been wiped out because they're Muslim? .
They were out for a stroll on a warm spring evening on a normal day in a normal Canadian city. And they were mowed down — the mother, father, sister, brother and grandmother, three generations — by a man who police allege deliberately drove his pickup truck into them. Now, Salman Afzaal, 46, his wife Madiha Salman, 44, daughter Yumna Afzaal, 15, and mother, 74 are dead, and nine-year-old Fayez is orphaned. All because they’re Muslim. How do you And they were mowed down — the mother, father, sister, brother and grandmother, three generations — by a man who police allege deliberately drove his pickup truck into them.

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