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NCCM demands justice after terrorist attack on Muslim family in Canada

LONDON, Canada: The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) had demanded justice after the horrific attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario who was out for a walk on Sunday evening.

The attack left four family members dead and one individual in hospital with serious non-life-threatening injuries. One man is in custody following the attack.

The NCCM condemned the horrifying terrorist attack against Muslims. On June 6, a man drove a truck with the pre-meditated intent to kill Muslims. He drove down a street in London and ran over a family who was waiting to cross the street at an intersection. He killed four members of the family – a grandmother, a mother, a father and a child – and he seriously injured a 9-year-old boy.

“Their names will be etched in the hearts of Canadians for a long time. Muslims in Canada have become all too familiar with the violence of Islamophobia, with attacks on Muslim women in Alberta, the IMO mosque killing, and the Quebec City mosque massacre,” the statement read.

“But this loss of a family, the loss of a child in our community because of Islamophobia – this is a sorrow that will run deep for a long time. Let that sorrow be the ground where we stand for justice and stand for change.”

The statement further read: “We call on all levels of government – federal, provincial, territorial, municipal – across the country to come together for a National Action Summit on Islamophobia to take immediate action on dismantling both violent forms of Islamophobia and systemic Islamophobia.”

“This is a terrorist attack on Canadian soil and should be treated as such. We call on the government to prosecute the attacker to the fullest extent of the law, including considering terrorist charges,” said NCCM CEO Mustafa Farooq.

The NCCM is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organisation that is a leading voice for civic engagement and the promotion of human rights.