Five injured in Canada "terror" incidents

02 October, 2017, 01:05 | Author: Rita Burton
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At least five people including a police officer were injured after a suspect stabbed a police officer with a knife and deliberately plowed into pedestrians on Edmonton's busiest downtown.

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau denounced the incidence, descriing it as a terrorist attack. After crashing, the suspect leaped from the vehicle and began stabbing an officer of the Edmonton Police Service, according to Global News.

Police Chief Rod Knecht said the incident is being investigated as an act of terrorism under section 83.2 of the criminal code.

The unnamed man has been arrested and is being investigating for "acts of terror", police officers in Edmonton confirmed.

The vehicle sent the officer "flying through the air 15 feet before colliding with the officer's cruiser" at high speed, he said.

The man inside the van was then apprehended.

The victims were taken to the hospital for treatment and the officer's condition was not critical, Knecht said.

A few hours later, a rented U-Haul van was stopped at an impaired driving check stop north of the city in the province of Alberta.

The suspect, after hitting the police officer with the auto, got out of his vehicle and stabbed him with a knife multiple times before fleeing on foot.

The officer wounded in the first incident was not immediately identified, and it was not immediately clear the extent of injuries for the pedestrians.

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Police set up roadblocks around the city of 800,000, and just before midnight police pulled over the U-Haul truck.

The van intentionally swerved at pedestrians in crosswalks, Knecht said.

The incident began Saturday night outside the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.

Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said officers have one person in custody and think he acted alone, but are not ruling out that others may be involved.

"We are urging all Edmontonians to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings", Knecht said.

"Contact police if you see anything suspicious or hear anything suspicious", he said.

At approximately, 20:15 a man in a speeding white Chevy Malibu crashed through police barricades outside an Edmonton stadium where a Canadian Football League game was being played.

He couldn't say if this was a case where the individual had become radicalized but admitted it is a very serious concern.

"Our thoughts are with those injured, their family and friends, and all those affected by this senseless act of violence".

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