Doug Ford calls London, Ont., assault on Muslim household ‘an act of terrorism’

2021-06-09 07:26:05

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and different provincial and native politicians condemned the deadly assault on a Muslim household in London, Ont., as an “act of terrorism” throughout a vigil Tuesday evening.

Talking to a crowd of 1000’s exterior the London Muslim Mosque, Ford expressed his condolences to the Afzaal household that misplaced 4 members in what has been referred to as a “focused assault,” and affirmed his help for Ontario’s Muslim group.

“We’re all shaken by this act the place we’re left making an attempt to grasp how this might occur in a fantastic nation and a fantastic province like Ontario,” Ford mentioned.

“We all know solely that this terrible crime was motivated purely by hatred and racism.”

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Though the premier was met with boos and jeers as he approached the rostrum to start his speech, the group cheered loudly when Ford mentioned clearly, “This was an act of terrorism.”

“This sort of racism and terrorism can’t and won’t be tolerated,” he continued. “We should stand united towards it.

“It have to be condemned within the strongest phrases, that those that commit this kind of evil should and will likely be punished to the fullest extent of the regulation.”


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Trudeau vows to take motion throughout vigil for London, Ont. Muslim household killed in assault

Salman Afzaal, 46, his spouse Madiha Salman, 44, and their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Afzaal have been hit by a pickup truck which mounted a curb and struck the household whereas they have been out for a stroll on Sunday night.

Afzaal’s 74-year-old mom was additionally killed within the assault.

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(From proper to left) Salman Afzaal, his 74-year-old mom, his 44-year-old spouse Madiha Salman, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Afzaal.


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The couple’s nine-year-old son, Fayez Afzaal, suffered critical however non-life-threatening accidents within the assault and stays in hospital.

Tuesday’s vigil noticed a number of federal, provincial and native politicians converse in solidarity with the Muslim group, together with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the leaders of each different main federal political occasion.

Twenty-year-old London man Nathaniel Veltman has been arrested and charged with homicide within the assault.

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At a press convention on Monday, London police mentioned they imagine the Afzaal household was focused due to their religion.

Ford mentioned it was everybody’s duty “to make sure that Ontario is a secure and inclusive all for everybody who lives right here.”

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“This tragedy, this brutal act of terrorism won’t ever, ever be forgotten,” he mentioned.

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