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Truck rammed into, killed four members of a Muslim community

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Four members of a Muslim family were killed when a pickup truck overturned in London, Ontario, Canada, police said.

The pickup truck climbed off the road onto the sidewalk and ran over them on Sunday, local news agency Reuters reported; The country's police have described the incident as a hate crime against Islam.

"This is a premeditated, premeditated act of hatred," said Paul Wright, superintendent of the London police's intelligence department, at a news conference on Monday. It is believed that they were chosen because they are Muslims. ”

Police are arresting 20-year-old Nathaniel Weltman, the suspected assailant, on Sunday.

Citing eyewitnesses, police said his car suddenly veered off the road, climbed onto the sidewalk, hit the family and then fled.

A nine-year-old boy of the family was rescued in the incident. He is in hospital with serious injuries.

Weltman is said to be a resident of London. He has been charged with four counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted murder. He was remanded on Monday. He will be produced in court again on Thursday after remand.

Police say Weltman has no criminal record and is not a member of any racist group. He was arrested without incident in the parking lot of a market about 64 kilometers from the scene.

At the time of his arrest, he was wearing an armor type vest and no evidence was found that he had any accomplices in the crime.

The victims were identified as Syed Afzal, 44, his wife Madiha Salman, 44, and their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Afzal, according to the London Free Press. Syed Afzal's 84-year-old Mao was killed, but his name could not be confirmed. Afzal's nine-year-old son Fayez Afzal is safe despite being injured.

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