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Warning: This story accommodates particulars that some readers might discover disturbing. Discretion is suggested. 

Ontario Provincial Police have launched an investigation right into a video that reveals a bunch of Muslims strolling down a road whereas a person behind the digicam makes jokes concerning the London, Ont., attack.

The video was made in Harriston, Ont., which is a small neighborhood 70 km northwest of Guelph within the City of Minto.

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Taken from inside a house, the video reveals two girls sporting hijabs and a baby strolling on the road exterior.

A person within the background is heard saying, “The place is Nathaniel Veltman if you want him?” referring to the suspect in Sunday’s assault.

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Because the video pans to the left to maintain the group within the body, a white pickup truck drives by and the person could be heard saying, “Buddy you missed them, again up,” earlier than laughing.

World Information has chosen to not publish the video.

4 relations had been killed and a fifth was injured after being struck Sunday by a pickup truck. The London Police Service has mentioned it believes the victims “were targeted because they were Muslim.”

Salman Afzaal, 46, his 44-year-old spouse Madiha Salman, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Afzaal and Afzaal’s 74-year-old mom had been killed. 9-year-old Fayez Afzaal suffered severe accidents however survived.

A 20-year-old man has been charged with 4 counts of first-degree homicide and one rely of tried homicide.

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On Friday, Wellington County Warden Kelly Linton and Minto Mayor George Bridge launched a joint assertion.

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“The anti-Muslim sentiment expressed on this disgusting video is abhorrent to the residents of Wellington County and the City of Minto, and all efforts should be used to denounce hatred in all its kinds,” the assertion learn.

Islamaphobia (sic) and all types of racism don’t have any place in our neighborhood, and we should make sure that messages of hate and concern fall on deaf ears.”

A spokesperson with Wellington County confirmed the people within the video are related to its settlement providers which help newcomers to Canada.

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The Nationwide Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) mentioned the video is deeply disturbing, particularly simply days after the assault in London.

The group mentioned as soon as it grew to become conscious of the video, it instantly reached out to police in addition to the net platform the place it was initially posted to have it taken down.

“It’s undoubtedly regarding that hate and hate crimes are being allowed in such a way,” mentioned communications coordinator Fatema Abdalla.

“That is why we proceed to induce authorities and celebration leaders to strengthen on-line hate legal guidelines. That hate on-line results in such devastating assaults such because the one we only in the near past noticed in London.”

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Abdalla mentioned it was good to see the video be largely condemned on-line by anybody who got here throughout it.

“I suppose in some methods it’s considerably refreshing to see that persons are calling it for what it’s and calling it hate and calling it a criminal offense,” she mentioned. “However it’s nonetheless very regarding that such issues proceed to occur.”

— With recordsdata from World Information’ Andrew Russell and Stewart Bell

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