10 dead, 15 Injured as Van Mows Down Pedestrians in Toronto

by Abel Hampton April 27, 2018, 1:09
10 dead, 15 Injured as Van Mows Down Pedestrians in Toronto

Although police said Monday's rampage did not appear linked to worldwide terrorism, the use of a vehicle to kill mirrored tactics used by terrorists in France, Germany, Spain, New York City and elsewhere.

David Lam, who used to be a police officer in Hong Kong and now owns Top Choice Restaurant in Markham, said he was working at the time of the incident.

Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont., was arrested after a white van left a trail of death and injury down a busy stretch of Yonge Street in north Toronto.

Police have not publicly confirmed the names or ages of the victims.

He was read the charges and ordered to have no contact with surviving victims.

The next hearing was scheduled for May 10.

One witness said the van had mowed down everything in its path - pedestrians, mailboxes, electrical poles, benches and a fire hydrant.

Police say the probe into the attack will take time as investigators appeal for information to help them identify victims and determine a motive.

Minassian was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for two months in late August and October 2017. Toronto police have set up a special web portal for anyone to upload images or video from the scene.

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The police have not disclosed the suspect's background, and the attack does not appear to have been motivated by religion. The Washington Post could not ascertain the exact timing of the post - or whether it was published when the suspect had access to his account. But a police spokesman declined to discuss it further, saying only: "Everything is on the table".

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation identified one of the victims as Anne Marie D'Amico, an employee of asset manager Invesco Canada.

"I can now confirm that unfortunately one of our employees has succumbed to her injuries", Peter Intraligi, president of Invesco Canada, said in a statement.

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders says "all the lanes are open with this investigation". While the worst mass killing in Canada in decades has the hallmarks of other deadly vehicle assaults by Islamic State supporters in the United States and Europe, officials said it did not represent a threat to national security. "While we do not yet know the identities of all those who lost their lives, we can be sure that they were people who were loved, who had dreams and families, who had accomplished many things and would have done so much more". "We love each other here".

Also revisiting the site was Saman Tabasinejad, a New Democrat Party politician who was canvassing in the area when the attack occurred.

A Muslim-Canadian non-profit group called DawaNet, which helped raise more than $800,000 for the victims and their families of last year's mosque shooting in Quebec, has launched a GoFundMe page for the victims of the Toronto incident. "There are so many people lying down on the streets". He said the driver was traveling at an estimated 35 to 45 miles per hour.

Canadian officials have downplayed any suggestions the attack was coordinated or part of a broader campaign or effort.

In September, Abdulahi Hasan Sharif was arrested in Edmonton, Alberta, after two related incidents on the same evening. He is alleged to have then stabbed the police officer and escaped.

As the van continued, the man said he sounded his horn to try to warn pedestrians. He also faces multiple counts of attempted murder over those injured in the incident.

Throughout the day, tributes poured in from politicians at home and farther afield. But overall, Canada has been spared high-casualty terror attacks.


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