Family rattled by arsonists

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April 14, 2016 12:00 AM

Abdul Mian stands outside his garage that was vandalized — the first act before his two trucks were set ablaze by fire bugs. Police say they cannot prove the vile acts were motivated by hate.

Recent acts of vandalism to a Kitscoty man’s property have left his family shocked, but despite the resulting hardships, he insists they won’t let the pettiness get to them.
Abdul Mian, who had his garage door graffitied, and more recently, his two Peterbilt semi-trucks lit on fire, said in the end his family will come out more resilient than before.
“I don’t think they are true Canadians,” Mian said of the vandals.
“They have done this damage to hurt me, but at the end of the day we’ll get stronger because we live in a strong community.”
Mian immigrated to Canada from Pakistan almost 20 years ago and first noticed the graffiti when he stepped out to feed his horse on the morning of April 6 and saw the words “go back” spray painted on his garage door. He said he figures it happened during the night and he promptly filed a complaint with the RCMP.
But the vandalism continued when on Sunday morning around 3 a.m. the family got a knock on the door from the Kitscoty Fire Department, who told them his trucks were on fire.
Mian said the news was “shocking” and that he didn’t think it was true at first.
“Somebody called (the fire department) from the highway, and they’re totally gone,” he said of his two transports.
Investigators have determined the fires were set inside the trucks.
Mian was a hauler of crude oil and used the trucks for work, but now that they’ve been destroyed he’s out of a job.
His family is also feeling the trauma from the incident, he said, and are still having troubles sleeping at night.
“Right now we’re just trying to wrap this up and get over with it; it will take some time for us to get over this — us and our kids,” he said.
The incidents have the Mian family looking at beefing up security on their property, with talks of installing an alarm system, security cameras, and adding two guard dogs to the family.
But in the end, instead of being left with bitter tastes in their mouths, the family would rather thank and show appreciation to the community of Kitscoty, most of which is helping them in this tough time.
“I just want to thank everybody that has loved us so much and given us so much care and respect and offered us all kinds of help,” said Mian.
“We didn’t think we were loved so much here.”

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