Man arrested in Canada after possible terrorist attack

02 October, 2017, 00:56 | Author: Garry Little
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- Police found a Daesh flag in the vehicle.

An unidentified 30-year-old male driver was arrested two hours later after his vehicle overturned in a police chase late Saturday, police said.

Police believe the suspect acted alone, but haven't rule out involvement by others.

Knecht said the investigation was in the early stages, and urged Edmontonians to contact police if they see or hear anything suspicious. It is reported to have struck at least four pedestrians before somehow ending up on its side.

A rental truck that police say was used to deliberately hit pedestrians.

Mr Knecht said a flag similar to that used by the Islamic State group was found in the front seat of the auto and seized as evidence.

Some of the police vehicles started to block off the intersections that spine off Jasper Avenue while others pursued the white van, Ellard said.

The driver then gets out and appears to stab the officer, who wrestles the suspect to the ground and then rises as the suspect flees on foot.

The incidents had the hallmarks of recent terrorist attacks by Daesh in Europe.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has yet to comment about the incident. The van hitting four pedestrians in the city's downtown. "We know that Canada's strength comes from our diversity, and we will not be cowed by those who seek to divide us or promote fear", he said.

Police said the suspect, believed to be 30, crashed the auto through a barricade and hit the officer at about 8:15pm local time, sending him flying more than 4 metres into the air and on to a police cruiser.

Later, the same suspect was pulled over at a police check stop on Wayne Gretzky Drive, this time driving the U-Haul.

The vehicle eventually flipped over and the driver was detained.

In March 2016, a Canadian who said he was acting on orders of Allah attacked two soldiers with a knife at a recruitment center in Toronto.

He said the van then sped off toward downtown with police in pursuit.

He said the Muslim community wanted to get ahead of any negative backlash that might come as police release more details from their investigation.

- A man jumped out of his vehicle and attacked the officer with a knife. Police found identification papers for a man in his 30s in the Malibu.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson held a press conference, a video of which was posted to his Facebook, this morning.

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