Canadian Muslim family killed in hate crime: police

A Canadian family in London, Ontario was killed in an anti-Muslim hate crime, according to police on Monday.

Witnesses say suspected attacker, 20-year-old Nathaniel Veltman, struck five members of the family with his black pickup truck on Sunday, and sped off.

Local police chief, Stephen Williams, told reporters that the act was motivated by hate.

"The victims of this horrific incident were targeted. We believe the victims were targeted because of their Islamic faith"

The London Free Press reported that among those killed were a 15-year-old girl, both of her parents and her grandmother.

Her 9-year-old brother is in the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Veltman was later arrested in a mall parking lot, wearing a body-armor-type vest, according to police.

He is due in court on Thursday to face four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

Meanwhile, police are weighing filing terrorism charges against him.

Sunday's killings are the worst attack against Canadian Muslims since the Quebec City mosque shooting in 2017.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted, "Islamophobia has no place in any of our communities. This hate is insidious and despicable and it must stop."

London has a large Muslim community and Arabic is the city’s second-most-spoken language after English.

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