Published: Tue, June 08, 2021
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Multiple fatalities reported in London after several pedestrians struck by vehicle

Multiple fatalities reported in London after several pedestrians struck by vehicle

"The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is beyond horrified and demands justice after the horrific vehicle attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario who were out for a walk on Sunday evening".

Update to the story we ran this morning from London where it's been confirmed, three adults and a teenager are dead and a 20-year-old man is in custody after a single-vehicle crash involving five pedestrians Sunday evening.

Police say the 20-year-old man facing four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder did not know the victims.

London Police Service said four people died after pedestrians were hit by a truck in the city's northwest end. "The magnitude of such hatred can make one question who we were as a city".

Four people killed after a auto jumped the curb and ran into them were deliberately targeted in an anti-Islamic hate crime, Canadian police has said.

Waight said police in London, about 200 km southwest of Toronto, were liaising with the Royal Mounted Canadian Police on potentially filing terrorism charges.

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

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter that he was "horrified" by the news, adding that "Islamophobia has no place in any of our communities".

The driver, who police say was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time of his arrest, appeared in court by video on Monday afternoon.

"Words are not enough to express the sorrow and anger we are all feeling in the wake of news that three generations of a family were targeted and killed by a hateful act of Islamophobic terror in London this week", said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. The family requested the names not be released. "This hate is insidious and despicable - and it must stop".

"We understand that this event may cause fear and anxiety in the community, particularly in the Muslim community, in any community targeted by hate".

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. Islamophobia has no place in any of our communities. They have not been named, in accordance with the wishes of the family.

"Hate can not win, and every person in Canada must feel safe in their identity", she said.

"He loved to walk with his family".

"My heart is just so broken for them today".

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