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Terror Charges For Man Accused Of Killing Members Of Pakistani-Canadian Family

A memorial for the Pakistani-Canadian victims killed in London, Canada
A memorial for the Pakistani-Canadian victims killed in London, Canada

Canadian prosecutors say a man accused of driving down and killing four members of a Pakistani-Canadian Muslim family will be facing terrorism charges.

Nathaniel Veltman, 20, also faces four first-degree murder charges and one attempted murder charge.

Police said Veltman intentionally targeted the family because of their faith, running them over in a "premeditated" attack that sparked outrage throughout Canada.

The June 6 attack took place in London, some 200 kilometers southwest of Toronto.

Salman Afzaal, 46, his 44-year-old wife Madiha Salman, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna, and her 74-year-old grandmother, Talat Afzaal, were killed while on an evening walk.

The couple’s nine-year-old son, Fayez, was seriously injured but is expected to recover.

The upgraded charges were laid as Veltman made a court appearance via video on June 14.

The man, who police have said has no prior convictions, has yet to enter a plea.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters

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