Suspect Charged with Terrorism for Truck Attack on Canada Muslims
Canada is pressing terrorism charges against a man accused of mowing down a Muslim family with a pick-up truck, prosecutors said Monday, in an attack denounced as “terrorist" by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Veltman, who has no criminal record and no known link to any extremist group, told the court via video link that he does not have a lawyer. He has yet to enter a plea.
The Afzaals’ nine-year-old daughter survived the attack in their neighborhood in the city of London, around 125 miles (200 kilometers) southwest of Toronto, but was seriously injured.
“This killing was no accident. This was a terrorist attack, motivated by hatred, in the heart of one of our communities," Trudeau said during an impassioned speech at the House of Commons.
The attack has fueled debate about the prevalence of Islamophobia in Canada and heightened fears within the Muslim community that outward signs of religious affiliation can make a person a target.
It was the deadliest anti-Muslim attack in Canada since a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City that had killed six people in 2017.