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A vigil is scheduled for tonight on the mosque of 5 members of the family who had been intentionally hit by a driver in London, Ontario, in response to police.

The Muslim mosque in London mentioned the town and nation had been devastated after the assault on Sunday that killed 4 individuals and a nine-year-old boy was hospitalized.

Police mentioned the members of the family had been focused for his or her Muslim beliefs.

They are saying a pickup truck, pushed by a 20-year-old Londoner, climbed a curb, hit them on a night stroll, after which drove away.

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4 killed in London, Ontario. Most likely attacked as a result of he’s a Muslim, police say police

Police haven’t launched the names of the victims, however a household assertion launched late Monday recognized them as Salman Afzaal, 46, his 44-year-old spouse Madiha Salman, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Salman and Afzaal’s 74- yr outdated mom.

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The couple’s nine-year-old son, Fayez, was severely injured however is predicted to outlive.

Sana Yasir, a pal of the household who lived on the road, confirmed that she had been in touch with Afzaal’s brother and sister-in-law and revealed the assertion on her behalf.

“We have to perceive that destroying a household on this brutal and horrific manner is one thing we should all face,” the assertion mentioned. “Now we have to face up towards hatred and Islamophobia and lift consciousness in our communities and throughout the political spectrum.”


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Assault on Muslim household in London, Ontario, assault on vehicles: police


Assault on Muslim household in London, Ontario, assault on vehicles: police

Yasir mentioned the household is understood within the Pakistani Muslim group.

“They had been probably the most loving, caring, honest household and all the time greeted you with a smile,” she mentioned.

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Dozens got here to the scene on Monday night to pay tribute.

Folks cried, hugged, and positioned flowers round a lightweight pole and a close-by tree three toes from the place the truck hopped over the curb onto the sidewalk.

Rauf Ahmad and three of his buddies watched the tribute develop on the nook. The group mentioned all of them have members who’ve been killed in Pakistan for his or her Muslim beliefs.

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“Brutal and appalling”: condolences to Muslim household killed in London, Ontario. assault

“I did not suppose there was racism in Canada and I felt very protected after I got here right here two years in the past, however now I do not really feel protected,” Ahmad mentioned.

“Humanity comes first, we should not care if somebody is Muslim, Jewish or Christian.”

Politicians throughout Canada and past have additionally denounced the assault, and plenty of are calling it an act of terrorism.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the incident on Twitter, saying it uncovered “the rising Islamophobia in Western international locations”.

The nation’s international minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, expressed his condolences to the victims’ households and hoped for the kid’s restoration.

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Nathaniel Veltman was arrested and charged with homicide.

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