Attack "terrorist" in Canada: at least five injured in Edmonton

Heavy police presence in area of Jasper Ave. and 109 St.
Man with Islamic State flag plows car, U-Haul van into Canadian cop and pedestrians during rampage

04 October, 2017

A police officer was stabbed and terrified pedestrians mowed down during a terror attack in Canada. Degrand said he was flagged in 2015 for extremist ideologies, and police interviewed him at the time, but he said charges were not warranted after an "exhaustive investigation".

A Daesh flag was later found in the vehicle, said police.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced what he said had been a "terrorist attack" in Edmonton, the capital of Canada's oil-rich Alberta province.

The driver reportedly got out of his vehicle and went on the attack- stabbing an officer several times.

The knife attack ignited a wild search for the violent suspect in the province's capital before police say preluded a second assault involving a vehicle - and the same driver.

The driver took off and was pursued by police toward downtown Edmonton, and "throughout the chase, the truck deliberately tried to hit pedestrians in crosswalks".

One suspect and two vehicles are involved in two overnight incidents that Edmonton Police are calling acts of terrorism.

The policeman was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries while a manhunt was launched. Four pedestrians who were injured were shifted to hospital.

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"Currently, we believe this is an individual who acted alone, although the investigation is in its early stages", said Knecht.

"I thought a shot gun went off", witness Pat Hannigan said, describing the sound van made when it hit the sidewalk. Chief Knecht said the man was known to police but did not release his name.

Police chased the U-Haul truck, which ultimately tipped over.

Outside, a white Chevrolet auto suddenly burst past a police barricade, hitting a policeman who was performing routine checks and propelling him a distance of several feet.

Just before midnight, police pulled over a rental U-Haul truck and noticed the name on the driver's licence was similar to that of the white Malibu. The 30-year-old male suspect conducted his first attack outside the Commonwealth Stadium during a Edmonton Eskimos game.

There were people flying and everything.

The U-Haul flipped in the downtown core along Jasper Avenue leading to the arrest of the suspect.

"We can not - and will not - let violent extremism take root in our communities", Mr. Trudeau said.

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