Multiple Fatalities After Pedestrians Struck by Vehicle in London


"The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is beyond horrified and demands justice after the horrific vehicle attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario who were out for a walk on Sunday evening".

A 74-year woman died on the scene, a 46-year-old male, a 44-year-old female and a 15-year-old female died after being taken to the hospital, police said.

London police on Monday cordoned off a section of the parking lot in Cherryhill Mall, where a man, 20, was arrested following a crash in the city's northwest end that left four people dead.

"To the loved ones of those who were terrorized by yesterday's act of hatred, we are here for you".

Four people killed after a vehicle jumped the curb and ran into them were deliberately targeted in an anti-Islamic hate crime, Canadian police has said. Police said a black pick up truck mounted a curve and struck the victims at an intersection.

A nine-year-old boy remains in hospital with serious injuries.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims said it was beyond horrified, saying Muslims in Canada have become all too familiar with the violence of Islamophobia.

The driver, who police say was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time of his arrest, appeared in court by video on Monday afternoon.

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The leader of the federal New Democrats says the killing of a Muslim family in London, Ont., is "an act of Islamophobia & terror". The names of the victims are not being released yet at the request of the family.

Ed Holder made the comments after police said the motorist who killed the four relatives did so deliberately. "This hate is insidious and despicable - and it must stop", Justin Trudeau tweeted.

"We stand with the Muslim community and reaffirm our commitment to build a country that is free from hatred, where Canadians of all faiths can live without fear of violence or persecution".

The attack, which brought back painful memories of a Quebec City mosque mass shooting in January 2017 and a driving rampage in Toronto that killed 10 people in April 2018, drew swift reactions.

"I was shaken up, thinking it was an erratic driver", Martin said. "My heart is just so broken for them", she said.

CEO Mustafa Farooq calls the incident a terrorist attack on Canadian soil and says law enforcement should consider terrorism charges.

"They were just out for their walk that they would go out for every day", Khan said through tears near the site of the crash.