Leaders and members of the international community speak out against Islamophobia, condemn a targeted attack in which a pickup truck hit a Muslim family on a walk in London, Ont. On Sunday, killing four and one boy aged nine years in hospital.
Organizations and leaders around the world, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, are calling this violent murder a “terrorist attack” and calling for an end to hatred and discrimination against Muslims.
“This is a terrorist attack”: Trudeau condemns the tragedy in London, Ontario. which killed 4
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday that the “act of terrorism” against the family in London, Ontario showed “growing Islamophobia” in Western countries.
“Saddened to learn of the murder of a Canadian family of Pakistani Muslim descent in London, Ont.,” He said on Twitter. “Islamophobia must be fought holistically by the international community. “
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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres also rebuked the attack, saying he was “appalled” and wholeheartedly with the victims, the surviving family, loved ones and the community.
“We must stand united against Islamophobia more than ever,” he tweeted.
Police in the City of London said on Monday a black van driver, 20, intentionally walked up the sidewalk and entered a family of five for an evening stroll. The region’s police chief said investigators believed the family had been targeted because of their Islamic faith.
The family of the victims identified the four people killed as Salman Afzaal, 46, his wife of 44 years Madiha Salman, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Afzaal and the mother of Afzaal, 74. The son, Fayez Afzaal, nine, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Nathaniel Veltman, 20, of London, Ont., Was arrested and charged with four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in connection with the attack.
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On Monday evening, US Representative Ilhan Omar said the brutal murder was a “cruel reminder” that anti-Muslim hatred is “deadly and alive in the West”.
“We must all speak out against this and vigorously prosecute these violent hate crimes against Muslims,” she said.
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Melita Gabrič, the ambassador of the European Union delegation to Canada, also denounced the attack, saying she was “shocked” by the violence.
“We are united in Canada, committed to freedom of religion and worship,” she tweeted Tuesday.
“We condemn Islamophobia and all forms of hate crime.
Prime Minister Trudeau addressed the violent murder during a meeting in the House of Commons on Tuesday, saying targeted Islamophobic attacks must stop. Pakistan’s National Assembly also condemned what happened, offering prayers to the four who died and wishing the nine-year-old a speedy recovery.
“We are standing alongside the people of London and Muslim communities across the country,” Trudeau said at Tuesday’s meeting in the House of Commons.
Hundreds of people are expected to attend the vigil for a killed or injured Muslim family in London, Ont. attack
“We will continue to fund initiatives like the Safety Infrastructure Program to help protect at-risk communities and their schools and places of worship. We will continue to fight hate online and offline, which means taking even more action to dismantle far-right hate groups. “
Hundreds of people are expected to attend a vigil for Muslim families in London, Ont. On Tuesday evening.
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