9-year-old survivor of the London attack in Ontario was discharged from hospital, the defendant also faces terror charges
A family friend said on Monday that the only survivor of the 9-year-old who killed his parents, sister and grandmother in a truck attack in London, Ontario on June 6 has been discharged. On the same day, the defendant was charged with murder and attempted murder. Escalated to include terrorism.
Fayez Afzal “is expected to recover-it will take some time,” Sabkhan told CBC News, saying that Yaz was with relatives. “The first task of his family is to support him through his recovery period.”
The family wants to keep certain details confidential, such as the exact date the boy was discharged from the hospital and where he is now recovering.
46-year-old Salman Afzaal, his 44-year-old wife Madiha Salman, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Afzaal and 74-year-old Salman’s mother Talat Afzaal were killed when a pickup truck jumped off the side of the road and hit them. Investigators said the family was targeted because of their Muslim beliefs.
Nathaniel Veltman, 20, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder one day after the attack. On Monday, federal and provincial prosecutors added two terrorism charges because the defendant appeared in court through a video at the Elgin Middlesex Detention Center.
Two days later, the new charges against the London resident were announced A funeral This attracted thousands of people to a mosque in a city in southwestern Ontario to participate in the public part of the memorial. Relatives of the family have come to Canada from Australia and Pakistan to participate.
In what should be a routine court appearance, Veltman wore an oversized orange T-shirt, orange pants, and a blue mask. He told the judge that he had not hired a lawyer.
Sarah Sheikh from the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) told the defendant: “Mr. Wiltman, you are now charged with four first-degree murders. In addition to accusing these murders as planned and deliberate, the further charges are , They also constitute terrorism.”
The clerk officially read out to Veltman the allegations of murder and attempted murder, including the name of the deceased. When he was sued on June 7, these names were unavailable.
The prosecutor also signed a document supporting the terrorist allegations.
“No further known or suspected threats”
The London Police worked with the RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET), the Attorney General’s Department and the PPSC to determine that Veltman should be charged with terrorist activities.
The London Police Department said at a press conference: “The London Police Department and the RCMP INSET assured the public that there are no further known or suspicious public threats related to the defendant.”
“The investigation is ongoing and will continue to be a cooperative effort between the London Police and the RCMP INSET.”
The press release also encourages the public to report anyone who has witnessed or knew “any criminal extremist and/or suspicious activity that may pose a threat to public safety and/or national security.”
under Canadian Criminal Code, Terrorism is an indictable crime. On Monday, Wiltmann’s charges escalated, including terrorism charges — one for four counts of murder and the other for attempted murder — based on “intent to intimidate the public or a portion of the public regarding its safety.”
When the Afzaal family went out for a walk in northwest London at night, a black truck left the road and drove into them as they waited for a red light to cross the road. It marked the first large-scale massacre in the city’s history, and the case caused fear in the Muslim community.
The police said the family was targeted because of their Muslim beliefs.
Since the fatal hit-and-run incident, grief has continued to emerge across the country and called for a national summit on Islamophobia.
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