Canadian police probe car attacks, stabbing as ‘acts of terrorism’


Canadian police mentioned they have been investigating violent assaults in Edmonton on Saturday evening as “acts of terrorism” after a person hit a police officer with a automotive and stabbed him, and later 4 pedestrians have been struck with a second automobile in a police chase.

Police arrested a suspect who they consider acted alone, although authorities haven’t dominated out the likelihood that he acted with others, Edmonton Police Service Chief Rod Knecht mentioned at a Sunday morning press convention.

The victims have been taken to the hospital for remedy and the officer’s situation was not crucial, Knecht mentioned. Particulars on the situation of the opposite victims weren’t instantly obtainable.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned that federal authorities was working with native police on the case.

“Whereas the investigation continues, early reviews point out that that is one other instance of the hate that we should stay ever vigilant in opposition to,” he mentioned in a press release.

Canada’s Public Security Minister Ralph Goodale tweeted that Canada “is not going to be intimidated by terrorist violence.” Canada’s terror risk degree remained unchanged at medium, the place it has been since late 2014.

Police mentioned the suspect, believed to be 30, crashed the automotive by way of a barricade and hit the officer at about eight:15 p.m. native time, sending him flying 15 toes into the air and in opposition to a police cruiser. The suspect then jumped out of the automotive, stabbed him and fled the scene on foot, police mentioned.

Later that night, police at a checkpoint recognized a person driving a U-Haul automobile because the proprietor of the Malibu.

The suspect fled the scene and intentionally tried to hit pedestrians as police pursued him by way of downtown Edmonton, sending at the very least 4 individuals to the hospital with accidents, Knecht mentioned.

Police arrested the suspect after the automobile flipped over through the pursuit.

“We ask that our residents stay vigilant and observant of their environment, and call police ought to they discover another uncommon actions across the metropolis,” police mentioned within the assertion.

Canada has not skilled as a lot violence from extremist assaults as the US and Western European nations, although there have been a number of lethal incidents in recent times.

In January, a French-Canadian college scholar was charged with homicide after six individuals have been shot and killed inside a Quebec Metropolis mosque, in what the Canadian Prime Minister referred to as “a terrorist assault.”

In August 2016, Canadian police raided an Ontario house and killed a person whom they mentioned was a supporter of Islamic State. Police mentioned the person, Aaron Driver, was within the remaining phases of getting ready an assault on a Canadian metropolis with a home made bomb.

In 2014, Canada was shocked by two lethal assaults that police mentioned have been the work of homegrown radicals and led to harder new anti-terrorism measures.

A gunman killed a soldier at Ottawa’s nationwide warfare memorial earlier than launching an assault on the Canadian Parliament in October 2014 whereas, in the identical week, a person ran down two troopers in Quebec, killing one.

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