The attacker has no previous convictions and does not seem to be affiliated with any anti-Muslim groups.
The sole survivor, nine-year-old son, Fayez, “is on the road to recovery from serious injuries,” the family said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the attack a “brutal, cowardly, brazen act of violence. ”This killing was no accident,” he said on Tuesday. “This was a terrorist attack, motivated by hatred, in the heart of one of our communities.”
Islamophobia is an ongoing and dangerous phenomenon. Hate crime in the UK has risen to more than half (52%) directed at Muslims, including acid attacks, abuse, and brutal attacks in prayer areas.
70% of Muslims in the UK have experienced religious-based prejudice, yet there have been reports of ‘whitewashing’ the extent of Islamophobia by political parties.
Our deepest condolences and prayers are with the family and family members.