Canadian authorities say two incidents in Edmonton are being investigated as acts of terrorism after a person struck a police officer with a automobile earlier than stabbing him and later plowed a truck into pedestrians on a busy avenue, injuring at the least 4 folks.
A suspect, who has not been recognized, is in custody, mentioned Chief Rod Knecht of the Edmonton Police Service in an early Sunday information convention.
Knecht mentioned authorities consider the person acted alone, however haven’t dominated out the chance that others is likely to be concerned.
The first incident occurred Saturday at eight:15 p.m. (10:15 p.m. ET) when the motive force of a white Chevrolet Malibu drove it right into a site visitors barricade. Police had arrange the roadblock close to Commonwealth Stadium for an Edmonton Eskimos soccer recreation.
A person drove the automobile at excessive velocity, hanging the police officer who had been standing between a site visitors barricade and his cruiser.
“The vehicle struck the police officer, sending him flying into the air 15 feet, before colliding with the police officer’s cruiser again at a high rate of speed,” Knecht mentioned.
The driver jumped out of the automobile, attacked and stabbed the officer a number of occasions with a knife and fled on foot, Knecht mentioned.
There was an ISIS flag in the automobile, which has been seized as proof, the police chief mentioned.
The wounded officer was taken to a hospital. His accidents aren’t vital, Knecht mentioned.
After that incident, police broadcast the identify of the Chevrolet’s registered proprietor to patrol officers in the town.
Just earlier than midnight, a police officer stopped a U-Haul truck at a checkpoint and acknowledged the motive force’s identify as much like that of the Chevrolet’s registered proprietor. The U-Haul truck then sped off in the direction of downtown Edmonton with police chasing it.
The U-Haul traveled on busy Jasper Avenue, which late Saturday evening and early Sunday morning was stuffed with soccer followers and bargoers, reported CNN associate CBC. During the chase, the truck intentionally tried to hit pedestrians in crosswalks and alleys in two areas alongside Jasper Avenue,” Knecht mentioned.
At least 4 pedestrians had been injured. Their situations weren’t instantly identified, the police chief mentioned.
The truck ultimately flipped, ending the chase. Pictures in the Canadian media confirmed the U-Haul on its aspect with the entrance window shattered. Police are anticipated to carry a information convention at three p.m. Sunday.
“The Government of Canada and Canadians stand with the people of Edmonton after the terrorist attack on Saturday that sent an Edmonton Police Service officer to (the) hospital and injured a number of innocent people who were out to cheer on their football team and to enjoy an evening in their city,” mentioned Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a press release Sunday.
“We cannot — and will not — let violent extremism take root in our communities,” he added. “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.”