‘Reclaiming, healing and remembering’: London, Ont. community honours Afzaal family

On Monday, London, Ont., will continue to remember four members of a Muslim family and the anniversary of their deaths in what officials have called a hate-motivated attack.

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On June 6, 2021, the Afzal family was out for a walk when they were deliberately hit by a man in a pickup truck at the corner of Hyde Park Road and South Carriage Road.

Salman Afzal (46), his wife Madiha Salman (44), their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Afzal and Salman’s 74-year-old mother Talat Afzal were murdered. The couple’s nine-year-old son suffered serious but non-fatal injuries and survived the attack.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the attack “an act of hatred and terror”, as police said the family was targeted because of their Muslim faith.

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“There was sadness, there was shock, there was anger and there was some fear,” says Sheikh Ariz Anwar, director of religious affairs at the London Muslim Mosque. “There was no hesitation. It was here…

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