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Case of man accused in anti-Muslim attack in London, Ont., adjourned to next week

Last Updated Jun 10, 2021 at 1:20 pm EDT

London Police investigate the scene of a car crash in London, Ontario on Monday, June 7, 2021. Police in London, Ont., say four people have died after several pedestrians were struck by a car Sunday night. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Robins
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Nathaniel Veltman faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

Police have said the attack was a planned and premeditated act that targeted Muslims.

A vigil was held Tuesday in London to remember the members of the Muslim family.

The man accused of deliberately running over and killing four members of a Muslim family in London, Ont., has had his case adjourned to next week.

Nathaniel Veltman faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

Veltman, wearing an orange T-shirt and orange pants with a blue mask, spoke calmly and clearly from the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre.

“Mr. Veltman have you retained counsel?” asked Justice of the Peace Robert Seneshen.

“I’ve only spoken to them,” Veltman said, adding that he was in discussions with a local law firm.

Relatives have identified the deceased as 46-year-old Salman Afzaal, his 44-year-old wife Madiha Salman, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Salman and her 74-year-old grandmother, Talat Afzaal.


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The couple’s son, Fayez, was seriously wounded but is expected to recover.

Police have said the attack was a planned and premeditated act that targeted Muslims.

The London Muslim Mosque, which the family belonged to, has called for a national summit on Islamophobia between all levels of government.

Veltman is set to return to court on June 14.


 

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