Canadian Man Kills Muslim Family in ‘Premeditated’ Truck Attack

A 20-year-old Canadian man drove his pickup truck into a Muslim family of five in a “premeditated attack,” killing four and seriously injuring one, police said.

Nathaniel Veltman killed two women, aged 74 and 44, a 46-year-old man, and a 15-year-old girl on the evening of June 6 in the city of London, Ontario, according to the police.

Veltman also seriously injured a nine-year-old boy who is currently in the hospital.

Family of the victims requested the names to not be released, officials said.

“We believe the victims were targeted because of their Islamic faith,” Police Chief Stephen Williams said in a press conference on June 7, describing the vehicle attack as “an intentional act.”

Police did not detail what evidence they found to confirm that the attack was planned, but Williams said that Veltman appeared to be wearing a “body armor-like” vest when police arrested him in the parking lot of a nearby mall after he fled from the scene.

Detective Superintendent Paul Waight declined to provide evidence that could point the attack as a possible hate crime and said that police do not yet know if Veltman belonged to any specific hate group.

Police also said that Veltman did not know the victims and that he had no previous criminal history.

Authorities charged Veltman with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

London police are also working with federal authorities to investigate potential terrorism charges, said.

“This was an act of mass murder, perpetrated against Muslims — against Londoners — and rooted in unspeakable,” London Mayor Ed Holder said on Twitter, adding that it was an “act of Islamophobia.”

The National Council of Canadian Muslims Chief Executive Musta Farooq called the murder “a terrorist attack on Canadian soil.”

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