Relatives of attack The killing of four Muslims in London, Canada, called for “stand up against hatred and Islamophobia” in a statement.
The Pakistan-Canadian family also announced the names of three of the four victims. They are 46-year-old Salman Afzal, his 44-year-old wife Madiha, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna, and the man’s 74-year-old mother. His name was not mentioned. The couple’s 9-year-old son Fayez was seriously injured, but his life was out of danger.
“Everyone knows that the Afzal family is a perfect Muslim, Canadian and Pakistani family,” wrote his close relatives. “They work very hard and do well in what they do. Their children are top students in school.”
On Sunday, the family was killed by a 20-year-old man in a pickup truck. The police believe that the man deliberately killed them because of their religious beliefs. Soon after the attack, he was arrested in a parking lot a few kilometers away.
“They go almost every night”
A neighbor of the victim described Salman Afzal as a person with a family. “He is involved in community activities. He often goes to the mosque and he is a very good father.” According to a neighbor, the man likes to walk with his family. “They do it almost every night,” he said Global News.
GoFundMe has raised nearly $200,000 for the family. Immediate family members say they don’t need money themselves; they will donate the collected amount on behalf of the victim, write sponsor.
Politicians have responded to the attack. For example, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said that “abominable acts of terrorism have exposed the growing Islamophobia”.
According to Reuters, the city of London has approximately 400,000 residents and a large Muslim community. Arabic is the second most spoken language. Mustafa Faruk, head of the Canadian Muslim Consultative Body, said: “This is a terrorist attack on Canadian soil and deserves the same treatment.”
Ed Holder, Mayor of London, spoke Regarding “a mass murder against Muslims-against Londoners-and rooted in indescribable hatred. We mourn with our families that three generations have passed away.” The Prime Minister Trudeau Talk about “treacherous and mean” hatred. “Islamophobia has no place in our community.”
The attack was the deadliest attack on Muslims in Canada since the terrorist attack In the mosque In 2017 in Quebec. Six people died and eight were injured.
The suspect is 20-year-old Nathaniel Veltman. He is wearing a bulletproof vest or something similar. According to the police, the attack appeared to be planned.
It is said that Veltman has no criminal record and does not know that he is a member of a terrorist organization. He was charged with four counts of murder and attempted murder.