Surrey, B.C. RCMP investigating ‘troubling incident’ directed at Muslim community

SURREY, B.C. – B.C. RCMP say they have identified someone they believe was driving a vehicle that was involved in what police called a “troubling incident” directed at the community Muslim woman outside a mosque.

SURREY, B.C. – B.C. RCMP say they have identified someone they believe was driving a vehicle that was involved in what police called a “troubling incident” directed at the community Muslim woman outside a mosque.

Surrey RCMP say they received a report that someone in a moving vehicle threw water at three pedestrians just before 11pm on Wednesday.

Minutes later, they say officers received another report that the same vehicle veered off the road and nearly hit one of the people walking.

The gendarmes say in a press release that they are trying to determine the motives of the suspect.

In a letter shared on Twitter by the National Council of Canadian Muslims, the BC Muslim Association said it was “seriously concerned.”

The letter dated Thursday says someone inside a car threw a substance at Ramadan worshipers leaving evening prayers, the car drove away and then returned repeatedly to simulate trying to crush people.

The letter says pretending to run over people is “no small feat” after a Muslim family in London, Ont., was hit and killed by a truck last summer in what police said characterized as a hate-motivated attack.

The association says its first priority is to ensure worshipers are safe and wants police to investigate the potential hate crime.

In a series of tweets, the National Council of Canadian Muslims says it wants political leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Columbia Premier John Horgan, to prioritize the fight against Islamophobia.

“While action has been taken on some of our recommendations, many of the recommendations we put forward after the London terror attack have not been implemented,” it says.

“We have to do more. And we have to do it now.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 28, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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