Suspect in London, Ont. attack on Muslim family to return to court June 28

WATHCH ABOVE: London, Ont. attack suspect formally charged with terrorism. Catherine McDonald has more.

LONDON, Ont. — A man facing terrorism charges for allegedly targeting and killing a Muslim family with his truck in southwestern Ontario will return to court next Monday.

Nathaniel Veltman, 20, made a brief court appearance via video on June 21, where the case was adjourned to June 28 to allow time to finalize the process of retaining a lawyer for Veltman.

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He remains in custody at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre in London, Ont.

Veltman 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.

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.

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

— with files from Global News’ Jacquelyn LeBel.

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