Officer stabbed, pedestrians hit in Canada in suspected 'acts of terrorism'

by Frankie Norman October 2, 2017, 0:39
Officer stabbed, pedestrians hit in Canada in suspected 'acts of terrorism'

Knecht said the driver then got out and attacked the officer with a knife before fleeing on foot.

"It's not critical", Mr Knecht said of the officer's injuries, adding he did not know the extent of the pedestrian injuries.

Pattison said the officer was working at a routine traffic blockade when his vehicle was rammed and then an "altercation ensued" with the suspect.

The suspect fled the stop, leading police on a chase through Edmonton as the driver "intentionally swerved" at pedestrians in crosswalks, hitting four of them. The man, who was driving the van, immediately took off and struck four pedestrians. There is no information on their condition.

Canadian police have confirmed they are treating the incidents as possible acts of terrorism. The driver was arrested.

There is no now no update on the injuries of the pedestrians.

"It's left us shocked at the indiscriminate cruelty and angry that someone might target their hatred at places where we gather with our families and friends", she said in a statement Sunday, praising first responders for their work.

"We were just standing out front here and basically a U-Haul was heading north down 109th Street and peeled into this smoking alley here where people were having a smoke", he said.

At the Matrix Hotel on 100 Avenue and 106 Street, right across from where the truck overturned, Natalie Pon was at a wedding. Staff kept them away from the windows as the situation unfolded.

Pon posted pictures of the U-Haul on its side with a large hole in the windshield. But she didn't see a suspect. "We have to show that's not going to happen, not in Edmonton", said group spokesman Aurangzeb Qureshi.

He said the van then sped off toward downtown with police in pursuit.

A high-speed chase followed where the suspect deliberately tried to run over pedestrians.

On the dashboard of the auto, police said, was an ISIS flag.

Knecht said he thinks the attacker, thought to be in his 30s, acted alone.

In a statement, Knect said: 'We ask that our citizens remain vigilant and observant of their surroundings, and contact police should they notice any other unusual activities around the city'.

A police officer was among those injured in a terror attack in Canada.

He said the Muslim community wanted to get ahead of any negative backlash that might come as police release more details from their investigation. The auto struck a police officer, sending him flying about 4.5m, before crashing into his cruiser.

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