Canadian policeman, four others attacked in 'terror' incidents

Kristen Gonzales
October 2, 2017

- Police found a Daesh flag in the auto.

They said a police officer controlling traffic at a Canadian Football League game was struck by a auto at high speed and then attacked with a knife.

Knecht said both incidents are related and are being investigated as terrorism.

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

However, he also added that police would investigate possible involvement of a group.

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

"[The officer] was approached by an unknown male suspect in a vehicle, at which time the suspect rammed the police cruiser", EPS spokesperson Scott Pattison said.

Knecht said the auto rammed through a barricade, throwing an officer about five metres into the air, then crashed into a police cruiser. The driver gets out of the auto and appears to stab the officer multiple times before fleeing.

About two hours later, a police officer stopped a U-Haul truck and saw that the driver's name appeared to match that of the suspect in the earlier incident.

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"That high-speed chase should have never, ever in a million years have happened downtown", said McNeill.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the violent events overnight as a "terrorist attack" and a "senseless act of violence".

Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said the officer and his vehicle were rammed by a white Chevrolet Malibu at about 8.15pm (local time) outside Alberta's Commonwealth Stadium.

Later, the same suspect was pulled over at a police check stop on Wayne Gretzky Drive, this time driving the U-Haul.

In August 2016, Canadian police raided an Ontario home and killed a man whom they said was a supporter of Islamic State.

The chase ended with the truck swerving into Jasper Avenue, where it eventually overturned.

A suspected terrorist mowed down a crowd of people with a U-Haul truck and stabbed a police officer while fleeing the scene on foot in Edmonton, Canada. To the best of our knowledge this was a lone wolf attack.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson held a press conference, a video of which was posted to his Facebook, this morning.

Later that evening, police at a checkpoint identified a man driving a U-Haul vehicle as the car's owner. It was however not immediately clear if the van driver, who was subsequently arrested, was behind the first attack too.

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