Rabat - Canadian authorities arrested a suspect in connection with two “terror attacks” in Edmonton, Alberta on Saturday night. The police said that the incidents are being investigated as acts of terrorism.
Rabat – Canadian authorities arrested a suspect in connection with two “terror attacks” in Edmonton, Alberta on Saturday night. The police said that the incidents are being investigated as acts of terrorism.
The attacker ran over a police officer that was controlling traffic near the Commonwealth football stadium in Alberta. After hitting the policeman with a white Chevrolet Malibu at about 20:15 p.m. local time, the suspect left his car and stabbed the officer several times before fleeing the scene, reported British news outlet, BBC.
This was not the only incident occurred on Saturday night. Shortly before midnight, a man driving a U-Haul truck was stopped at a checkpoint after his name on documents was thought to be “very similar” to the one authorities were looking for.
Rod Knecht, Edmonton Police Chief said that, “The U-Haul truck then immediately fled the scene, and was pursued by police officers toward downtown Edmonton.”
He continued that the van driver “deliberately attempted to hit pedestrians during the police chase. Four people were injured during the truck attack. The condition of the injured pedestrians is not yet known.
The 30-year old suspect was arrested after his truck overturned in the chase. According to the Edmonton police chief, the defendant is believed to be the only suspect in connection with the attack. Authorities, however, are not excluding the possibility that other suspects might be involved in the incidents.
Canadian police also said that an Islamic State group flag was found in one of the vehicles in question. However, the so-called Islamic State has not yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.