The 20-year-old was arrested Monday after the collision. The person did not know the victims, but police said they attacked them because they were Muslims.
– We believe that the victims were appointed because of their Muslim beliefs. We understand that this incident will cause fear and tension among the people, especially among Muslims, and anyone who has been the target of hatred, says London Police Chief Stephen Williams.
According to police, the man was wearing something similar to a bulletproof vest. He is charged with four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, but police say officers charged with terrorism are in contact with federal police.
Nothing on the suspect’s record. He is not a member of any hate groups.
The victims were a 74-year-old woman, a 46-year-old man, a 44-year-old woman and a 15-year-old girl. Also, a nine-year-old boy was hospitalized with serious injuries in the collision.
Zahid Khan, a family friend of the victims, told the Andhra News Agency that three generations of members of the same family were killed, including a grandmother, father, mother and a teenage daughter. Khan says the family emigrated from Pakistan 14 years ago and were firm, disciplined and generous members of the city’s mosque.
– They came out on the same trip they went every day, shedding tears to reporters near the scene.
– A terrorist attack
The attack comes four years after a mosque in Quebec City was attacked. In January 2017, a 27-year-old right-wing extremist opened fire on members gathered for prayer. 6 were killed and 5 were seriously injured.
The National Council of Canadian Muslims is stunned by Sunday’s attack, saying Muslims in the country need to feel more about Islamic phobia.
“This is a terrorist attack on Canadian soil and should be treated like this,” said President Mustafa Farooq.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemns the attack.
– To the Muslim community in London and to Muslims across the country: Know that we stand with you. Islamophobia does not exist in our society. This hatred is insidious and reprehensible – it must stop, Tweet Trudeau.