LONDON, Canada: A mother who was a “brilliant scholar,” a cricket-loving father with “a welcoming smile,” a teenage daughter who was “a friend to many”; a doting grandmother: The victims of Sunday’s truck-ramming attack in Canada, all Muslims with roots in Pakistan, were a “model family”, friends say. The attack, dubbed a “terrorist” act by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, came out of the blue as the Afzaal family, taking one of the evening strolls they so loved, prepared to cross a street in the Ontario city of London.
The lives of three generations were snuffed out in a moment: Madiha Salman, age 44, who was doing postgraduate work in civil and environmental engineering; her 46-year-old husband, Salman Afzaal, who loved to greet people at the mosque; their 15-year-old daughter, Yumna Salman; and Afzaal’s 74-year-old mother, who has not been named. The couple’s son, nine-year-old Fayez, was instantly orphaned.
He remains in hospital with serious injuries but is recovering, relatives said.
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