Thursday 15 November 2018

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau slams terror attack on 'innocent people out to enjoy a football game'

Man ploughs rental truck into pedestrians and stabs Canadian policeman, ISIS flag seized

Edmonton Police investigate at the scene where a man hit pedestrians then flipped the U-Haul truck he was driving, pictured at the intersection at 107 Street and 100th Avenue in front of the Matrix Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada October 1, 2017. REUTERS/Candace Elliott
Edmonton Police investigate at the scene where a man hit pedestrians then flipped the U-Haul truck he was driving, pictured at the intersection at 107 Street and 100th Avenue in front of the Matrix Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada October 1, 2017. REUTERS/Candace Elliott
Edmonton Police investigate at the scene where a man hit pedestrians then flipped the U-Haul truck he was driving, pictured at the intersection at 107 Street and 100th Avenue in front of the Matrix Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada October 1, 2017. REUTERS/Candace Elliott
107 A Avenue and 92nd St where the incident took place. Picture: Google Maps

Mary McDonnell

Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau said he is “deeply concerned and outraged by the tragedy”.

He slammed the attack on “innocent people who were out to enjoy a football game” as “another example of the hate that we must remain ever vigilant against”.

In a statement released on Sunday, he said Canadian authorities are working to “bring those involved to justice”.

The PM said authorities worked “through the night” to ensure the safety of locals and he paid tribute to the authorities who first responded to the scene, stating: “Police officers put themselves at great personal risk every single day on our behalf and this attack is a stark reminder of the sacrifices they make for the public good. 

“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 added.

“Edmonton is a strong and resilient city and I am confident that its citizens will support one another to overcome this tragic event.”

Edmonton Police investigate at the scene where a man hit pedestrians then flipped the U-Haul truck he was driving, pictured at the intersection at 107 Street and 100th Avenue in front of the Matrix Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada October 1, 2017. REUTERS/Candace Elliott
Edmonton Police investigate at the scene where a man hit pedestrians then flipped the U-Haul truck he was driving, pictured at the intersection at 107 Street and 100th Avenue in front of the Matrix Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada October 1, 2017. REUTERS/Candace Elliott

Police in Canada have seized an ISIS flag found near a white U-Haul truck that ploughed into pedestrians in Edmonton.

A manhunt was launched after a man in his 30s stabbed a police officer and injured at least four pedestrians with a U-Haul box truck.

In a press conference, broadcast live on Facebook, police said they are treating the incident as an act of terrorism.

They confirmed an ISIS flag found at the scene has been seized as evidence.

A driver of a Malibu Chevrolet crashed through traffic barricades at 8.15pm. The car struck a police officer, sending him “flying into the air 15ft”.

The driver then “viciously attacked the police officer with him knife” and stabbed him “several times” following a struggle.

Just before midnight, a U-Haul box truck was pulled over and the driver fled the scene after an ID check showed his name was similar to the driver registered to the Malibu Chevrolet.

The truck fled the scene and crashed into pedestrians as it sped away. Four were taken to hospital.

Police arrested the suspect and said they had "no forewarning" of the attack.

They believe he acted alone.

The officer's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening and there is no current information on the condition of the pedestrians hit.

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The police officer injured in the attack was on traffic duty when the suspect ploughed his car through barricades near the Commonwealth Stadium - an open air sports arena which seats 60,000 fans and is home to the Edmonton Eskimos football team.

Over 30,000 people were at the stadium Saturday night to watch the Eskimos take on the Blue bombers when the suspect launched the attack on 107 A Avenue and 92nd St, southwest of the stadium.

After he stabbed the officer, the suspect fled northbound on 92nd St.

Just before midnight, police pulled over e rental truck. After an ID check, the driver fled downtown with police in pursuit down Jasper Avenue.

 “Throughout the chase, the truck attempted to hit pedestrians in crosswalks and alleys,” police said.

The chase ended when the truck flipped over. Police arrested the suspect and recovered and ISIS flag at the scene.

Edmonton police believe the two incidents are related.

In a Facebook post, the Premier of Alberta, Rachel Notley said: "Our thoughts are with Edmonton Police Service member injured on duty tonight and hoping for a speedy recovery. We're grateful for our first responders.

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