Attack on Canadian Muslims: suspect charged with terrorism
Canada is pressing terrorism charges against a man accused of mowing down a Muslim family with a pickup truck, prosecutors said Monday, in an attack denounced as "terrorist" by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Four members of the Afzaal family -- a man and his wife, their teenage daughter and his mother -- were out for a walk in London, Ontario, on June 6, when a truck driver struck them on purpose, according to authorities. Prosecutors revealed in a brief hearing that they were adding terrorism charges to the four counts of premeditated murder and one of attempted murder leveled last week against 20-year-old Nathaniel Veltman, 20. The attack has fueled debate about the prevalence of Islamophobia in Canada, and heightened fears within the Muslim community that outward signs of religious affiliation can make a person a target.