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Suspect in London attack on Muslim family has case adjourned for week

Last Updated Jun 21, 2021 at 1:13 pm PDT

Summary

The man accused of running over and killing members of a Muslim family has had his court case pushed back a week

Nathaniel Veltman says he is close to retaining a lawyer

Four people were killed and a young boy was seriously hurt in what police are calling a targeted terrorist attack

The man facing terrorism charges for allegedly targeting and killing a Muslim family with his truck in southwestern Ontario says he still hasn’t found a lawyer and has had his case adjourned for a week.

Nathaniel Veltman, 20, faces four first-degree murder charges and an attempted murder charge that prosecutors allege constitute an act of terrorism.

Police have said the attack on June 6 in London, Ont., was motivated by hate against the Islamic faith.

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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 out for an evening walk.

The couple’s nine-year-old son, Fayez, was seriously hurt.

Court heard Veltman is close to retaining a lawyer and is due back on June 28.

The attack prompted a massive outpouring of support for the family and calls for all levels of government to address Islamophobia.