Man arrested in Canada after possible terrorist attack

Kelvin Reese
October 2, 2017

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.

A van later struck and injured four pedestrians during a high-speed chase.

Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said Sunday morning the suspect was in custody and they believe he acted alone.

A auto rammed a police blockade before a knifeman leapt out and stabbed a police officer in Edmonton in Canada.

Canadian police have confirmed they are treating the incidents as possible acts of terrorism.

One local bar manager told The Globe and Mail that he had seen the U-Haul come careening down an alleyway next to his establishment, striking two patrons.

The man in the truck then took off toward downtown Edmonton, according to the police account. Four pedestrians were struck and were subsequently transported to hospital.

Nearly two hours later, at approximately 11:30pm local time, a white U-Haul van was stopped at a police checkpoint while the manhunt was still underway.

Police said the arrested individual had been known to authorities. After an ID check, the driver fled downtown with police in pursuit down Jasper Avenue.

Knecht said Edmonton police wre working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's National Security Enforcement Team and other Canadian security agencies.

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The vehicle had a ISIS flag inside the windshield from unconfirmed reports.

Knecht said details on the identity of the registered owner of the vehicle were distributed to officers.

At that point, the suspect "fled on foot", and a few hours later, he barreled down a nearby street in a U-Haul truck.

There was screaming and shouting, and people were running everywhere, ' said one witness.

"There were people flying and everything", she said.

"He deliberately tried to hit pedestrians in crosswalks and alleys" at two different places, Knecht told reporters.

Mr Knecht said they did not call off the chase of the van due to the seriousness of the crime.

Investigators believe the incident near Commonwealth Stadium and subsequent attempts to injure pedestrians in downtown Edmonton may be related. However Knecht also cautioned that "the investigation is in the early stages, and we are urging Edmontonians to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings".

Edmonton police are expected to provide an update on the incident Sunday afternoon.

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