Justin Tredaue the President of Canada termed it a Terror Attack, endorsing the calls of the family of victims of the terrorist truck Attack to stand for them in the name of humanity. Nathaniel Veltman, a Somali refugee has been arrested in the terrorist attack and is due to appear in the court. The witness at the site Paige Martin told reporters a black truck blasted past her and ran a red light as she was walking, and then she came upon the scene wherer there were "chaos". She described the incident as "It was just absolutely like something that you never want to see."
The attack was the worst against the Canadian Muslim community since a man gunned down six members of a Quebec City mosque in 2017. London Mayor Ed Holder said it was the worst mass murder his city had ever seen.
"We grieve for the family, three generations of whom are now deceased," Holder told reporters. "This was an act of mass murder, perpetrated against Muslims, against Londoners, and rooted in unspeakable hatred."
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. This hate is insidious and despicable - and it must stop."
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said on Twitter that "justice must be served for the horrific act of hatred that took place."
"This is a terrorist attack on Canadian soil, and should be treated as such," said Mustafa Farooq, head of the National Council of Canadian Muslims.
“Islamophobia needs to be countered holistically by the international community,” Khan said on Twitter.
London, which has about 400,000 residents, has a large Muslim community and Holder said Arabic is the second-most-spoken language after English in the city.
"He was a family guy, very much involved in the community, a regular member of our mosque, a really, really great father," the neighbor, who was not identified, said of Syed Afzaal. He loved to walk with his family. Almost every evening, they walked" said a neighbour.
The teenage girl who was killed "will be deeply missed by fellow students and staff at Oakridge Secondary School," the school said in a statement.
(With ample inputs from here: www.reuters.com/world/americas/four-killed-by-car-were-victims-anti-islamic-hate-crime-canada-police-2021-06-07/)
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