A Canadian man Nathaniel Veltman guilty of murdering a Pakistani family in a truck attack in Ontario back in 2021. A jury in Canada convicted Nathaniel of attempted murder in a case that shocked Canada.
The case dates back to June 2021 when Nathaniel ran over a truck over a Muslim family in the town of Ontario. The Canadian jury has found him guilty of four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder of a Muslim family.
Why did Nathaniel Veltman kill a Pakistani family?
Nathaniel is guilty of first-degree murder after a ten-week trial. He murdered four members of a Pakistani family by driving a black pickup truck onto a sidewalk and running over them. He murdered a Muslim family due to his hate for Islam.
The murdered family members included 74 years Talat Afzaal, 44 years Madiha Afzaal, 46 years Salman Afzaal, and 15 years Yumnah Afzaal. There was also a nine-year-old youngest boy who fortunately survived the attack. The Afazaals were originally from Pakistan.
Investigators thought at the time of the incident that this was an intentional crime and that victims were targeted because of their Islamic beliefs.
Tabinda Bukhari said in a statement that the attack was not just a crime against the Muslim community. But rather an attack against the safety and security of All Canadians. Tabinda is the mother of the murdered Madiha Afazal.
Soon after the Islamophobic incident, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that he was horrified by what had happened. He paid tribute to the Pakistani-Canadian Muslim family. He said please know that we stand with the Muslim community in Ontario and Muslims across the world.
PM Justin further said that Islamophobia has no place in any of our neighborhoods. This hatred is harmful and cruel and it must be eliminated. The court ordered Nathaniel to face life imprisonment with no chance for parole for 25 years.
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