Ottawa: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday labeled as a “terrorist attack” the killing of four members of a Muslim family, who were run down by a man driving a pick-up truck.
“This killing was no accident. This was a terrorist attack, motivated by hatred, in the heart of one of our communities,” Trudeau said during a speech at the House of Commons.
The 20-year-old suspect was arrested shortly after the attack and charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder, while several leaders in the Muslim community called on the court to classify the incident as terror Ethical behavior.
Officials have stated that Sunday night’s incident in London, Ontario, in central Canada, was premeditated and motivated by “hate.”
Canadian Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair described the attack as a “horrific Islamophobic act.”
“They believe the family was targeted because of their faith, and that the attacker was motivated by his hatred of Muslims,” he said.
According to the police, the attack occurred when five family members were walking along the sidewalk together. A black pickup truck “boarded the side of the road and hit” them while they were waiting to cross the intersection.