Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says London, Ont. truck attack ‘clearly an act of terror’

Police are considering terrorism charges but have not made any announcement yet

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair confirmed on Thursday that police are investigating a deadly hit-and-run attack in London, Ont. as an act of terrorism.

“The events on Sunday were clearly motivated by hatred. They were clearly racist and they were clearly an act of terror,” Blair said in an interview. Granthshala power and politics.

“I can confirm that this is being actively investigated by police officers as a terrorist act.”

On Sunday, four people – Salman Afzal, 46, his wife Madiha Salman, 44, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Afzal and Salman Afzal’s 74-year-old mother – died when a pickup truck crushed them while they were walking. Were were . The youngest member of the family, Faiz, 9, survived.

Investigators in London say the driver of the truck, 20-year-old Nathaniel Weltman, targeted the family because they are Muslims.

He has so far been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempt to murder.

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