‘Don’t ask how this could happen…Hate is a Canadian reality’: PM Trudeau, shocked residents say racism, Islamophobia is a part of the Canada we know


On Monday, London, Ont., police confirmed that a family of five were killed and injured in a targeted hit and run, described as an "intentional act and that the victims were targeted because of their Islamic faith."

Three adults and one teen were killed in the attack, and a nine-year-old boy remains in hospital.

A statement from the the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) states that the group is "beyond horrified and demands justice" after the attack.

"This is a terrorist act on Canadian soil, and should be treated be treated as such," the statement from Mustafa Farooq, CEO of MCCN reads. "We call on the government to prosecute the attacked to the fullest extent of the law, including considering terrorist charges."

In the House of Commons on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recognized that this was a hate-motivated terrorist attack saying, "this killing was no accident, this was a terrorism attack motivated by hatred in the heart of one of our communities."

"As leader and as Canadians we not only have to say enough is enough, we must take action," Trudeau said. "We cannot allow any form of hate to take root because the consequences can be far too serious."