Is Canada next to be threatened by ISIS? Officer stabbed and pedestrians run down in Edmonton

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Thirty-year-old man has been detained by the Canadian police in connection with vehicular and stabbing attacks in the city of Edmonton.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

As reported by Press TV, a police officer was first hit by a car and then stabbed by its driver on Saturday evening near Commonwealth Stadium, while four pedestrians were injured by a truck driven by the fleeing assailant.

Police are investigating the attacks as acts of terrorism.

“We believe the individual acted alone,” Edmonton Police Service Chief Rod Knecht said on Sunday. However, he also added that police would investigate possible involvement of a group.

The first incident happened when the man crashed a car into a police barricade outside the stadium, where the Edmonton Eskimos were hosting Winnipeg on Canadian Forces Appreciation Night. An Edmonton Police Service member was stabbed multiple times at this location.

In a 3am news conference, police chief Rod Knecht confirmed that there had found an Islamic State flag in the car.

Police said the stabbed officer was manning a traffic checkpoint near 93 Street and 107A Avenue when it happened at around 8.15pm local time. The man fled the scene where the suspect’s white Chevrolet Malibu was smashed into the front of an Edmonton Police Service SUV, stated news.com.au

“The officer was approached by an unknown male suspect in a vehicle at which time the suspect rammed the police cruiser,” said Edmonton Police Service spokesman Scott Pattison.

“The suspect then got out of the vehicle and approached the officer and an altercation ensued. The officer sustained some injuries. Thankfully he’s doing OK. A suspect continues to be at large.”

A manhunt is now underway for the suspect, who was later pulled over at a police check stop before midnight. During a high speed chase, four pedestrians were hit before the suspect’s vehicle that overturned on Jasper Avenue.

Hannigan told the Edmonton Journal that he saw the truck flip over :

“They (police) were pulling him out of the windshield, then handcuffed him.” However, the police have not confirmed whether the suspect is in custody yet.

Police said they were treating both the incidents as “acts of terror” and said that while they believed the attacker “acted alone” they were not ruling out that others may have been involved.

“I want to be clear. We don’t believe there’s any risk to public safety right now. This is a lone individual,” Edmonton Police Service spokesman Scott Pattison added.

 

1 COMMENT

  1. There seems greater conspiracy to antagonise neutral countries against Muslims who have not been supportive to invidious plans perpetrated by some vested countries against Islam and it’s followers.

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