The main suspect in the recent truck attack in Canada has been charged with terrorism. An incident that left four members of a Muslim family dead after killing them with his vehicle. The attorney general has given an okay to the charges against the man accused.
The man responsible, Nathaniel Veltman, 20, ran a truck over them to death. The four family members were having an evening walk when they met their horrible demise. Mr Veltman is also facing other charges; first-degree murder and attempted murder.
Critical Information on the Truck-Attack Case
The truck attack killed three Afzaal family members with only one survivor. The dead individuals include Salman Afzaal, 46, Madiha Salman, 44, and Yumna Afzaal, 15. Salman Afzaal’s mother, 74, also died while a nine-year-old son survived this sad incident. The surviving son remains in hospital with serious injuries.
Mr Veltman is yet to enter a plea. Despite committing this crime, he has no prior convictions. The next court hearing will be June 21st since the accused has not retained a lawyer. But as he awaits the hearing, his murder charge is a confirmed case. This was also affirmed by Canada’s deputy prime minister Chrystia Freeland. The deputy prime minister maintained that the incident must be named an act of terror.
The police are working with the attorney general and prosecutors to verify the charges. Besides, investigations are still ongoing, with strong claims this was a deliberate act. On the other hand, the authorities are yet to support that the murders were due to hate.
The Imminent Effects of the Truck-Attack
Cases of terrorist activities have risen in the past year. And this truck attack is the third after an incident in Ontario, Canada. The recent case leading to the death of the Muslim family members even raises more questions. This is true, especially when it comes to proving murder-terrorism chargers. The prosecutors must prove that an act resulting in death or injuries was intentional. Plus, there must be evidence related to political, religious, and ideological reasons.
Beyond that, the Muslim community is in tears and emotions as they mourn their beloved ones. Emotions are also rising high across the country, accompanied by panic. And with the increased cases of Islamophobia, the Muslims fear for their lives even more. Saboor Khan, a family friend to the deceased, said they find it difficult to leave their homes. He also added that the terrorist charge was the right thing for the police to do.
The truck attack has even united more people for the bad and good. The public funeral for the Afzaal family brought hundreds of mourners to London. Online fundraisers from all over the world, including the USA, to support the surviving son are on. They have raised over $2 million by now.
Moreover, Canada’s majority party leaders are now working with the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. They have strongly denounced the causes of violence and acts of terror. And this is just one of the few shows of political unity in the country after a long time.
With this attack renewing Islamophobia discussions in Canada, a lot are at stake. For one, it could awaken the long-gone memories of past Muslim victims. It is also likely that more hate crimes could rise in retaliation from the opposing sides.