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UPDATE: Case of man accused in anti-Muslim attack in London, adjourned to next week

The accused faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in what police are calling a planned hate-motivated attack.

The man accused of deliberately running over and killing four members of a Muslim family in London, Ont., has had his case adjourned to next week.

Nathaniel Veltman made a brief virtual appearance in court Thursday to face four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

Veltman says he is still in the process of retaining a lawyer.

Relatives have identified the dead as 46-year-old Salman Afzaal, his 44-year-old wife Madiha Salman, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Salman and her 74-year-old grandmother, Talat Afzaal. The couple's son, Fayez, was seriously wounded but is expected to recover.

Police allege the attack was a planned and premeditated act that targeted Muslims.

Veltman is set to return to court on June 14.

The National Council for Canadian Muslims has a petition signed by more than 32,000 people calling for all levels of government to tackle Islamophobia. That echoes a call by the London Muslim Mosque, to which the family belonged.

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