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‘Jordanian killed in Toronto van attack’

By JT - Apr 24,2018 - Last updated at Apr 24,2018

AMMAN — Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said that a Jordanian was among the victims of the deadly van attack that took place in Canada’s Toronto.

A ministry’s source told The Jordan Times that Jordanian national Muneer Al Najar, who was visiting his son in Toronto, was among the ten people who were killed when a Canadian man plowed pedestrians on a crowded sidewalk.

The suspect, identified as Alek Minassian, 25, was charged with ten counts of first-degree murder on Tuesday, as police probed what motivated his rampage, according to Reuters.
The official source, who preferred to remain unnamed, added that the Jordanian Embassy in Ottawa contacted Najar’s family and offered their condolences.

The embassy is following up with the Canadian authorities on their investigation of the incident and the measures they will take, the source said, adding that the Foreign Ministry is now working on preparations to transfer Najar’s body to Jordan, the source said.  

Although the attack had the hallmarks of deadly vehicle assaults by the Daesh terror group’s supporters, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was quoted by Reuters as saying that there was “no reason to suspect any national security connection.” (see separate story on page 7)

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I would just like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of the man killed in Toronto. I would like to say that this is not something that we in Ontario are used to. Because Ontario and especially the greater Toronto area is so multicultural we enjoy a very peaceful and inclusive community. We have a chance to meet, speak to and understand the culture of people from all over the world. I have had in my life the chance to work in positions that allowed me to meet people from all over the world and each culture is unique and amazing. I'm sorry as are many people that one of your citizens had to be part of an incident that has deeply affected the people of Ontario and Canada. We can say though that the people of Canada will not allow this to change who we are. We have and will continue to welcome people from all cultures and beliefs and hope that this incident will prove how resilient and welcoming we truly are. #strongertogetherthanapart.

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