Published: Mon, October 02, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Terrorism suspected in Canadian attack that leaves 5 injured

Terrorism suspected in Canadian attack that leaves 5 injured

Canada has not experienced as much violence from extremist attacks as the United States and Western European nations, but there have been several deadly incidents in recent years.

Knecht said the driver then got out and attacked the officer with a knife.

Knecht said the apparent ISIS flag would be "part of the investigation", adding that there had been no prior warning of a specific attack. A flag of the armed group islamic State have been discovered in another vehicle linked to the suspect. Their conditions were not immediately known, the police chief said.

A vehicle and knife attack on a police officer outside a football game and a high-speed chase of a moving van that left four people injured appear to be the work of a single suspected terrorist, Canadian authorities said Sunday.

The officer involved in the stabbing was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police then released the suspect's truck through the windscreen which had been smashed in.

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An officer recognized the name on the driver's license as being similar to the Malibu's registered owner and began questioning him.

The suspect, who authorities have not identified, was arrested several hours later following a vehicle chase across a busy downtown street during which he intentionally sought to hit pedestrians, police said.

- Four people were hurt and taken to hospital.

The officer was hit and went flying 15 feet through the air, the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) said in a statement.

"It is believed at this time that these two incidents are related", he said.

The suspect is in custody and appears to have acted alone, the police chief said.

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The suspect then drove off at speed and rammed through the police checkpoint, triggering a high-speed chase through the downtown area, packed with Saturday night crowds.

The 30-year-old man was detained after a high-speed chase through streets filled with Saturday night revelers and local football fans.

"There were people flying and everything", one witness said. "It just came around the corner, ripping".

Police say the U-Haul intentionally swerved at pedestrians in crosswalks. "If you've got 20 cops chasing one guy and there's pedestrians that are walking down this road?"

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. The terrorist, whose name was not released to the media, is now detained.

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

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Rachel Notley, the Premier of Alberta and Leader of Alberta's NDP, tweeted: 'Our thoughts are with @edmontonpolice member injured on duty tonight & hoping for a speedy recovery.

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