Canada police investigate 'terrorism' attack

01/10/2017 - 14:44 Published in News/General

An attack on a police officer outside a football game and a high-speed chase that injured four people in the western city of Edmonton are being investigated as acts of terrorism, Canadian police said on Sunday.

The chaos began outside a Canadian Football League game on Saturday night when police say a white Chevrolot Malibu rammed a traffic-control barricade and sent an officer flying five metres into the air.

Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said the driver, believed to be 30-years old, then got out and attacked the officer with a knife before fleeing on foot.

Knecht said an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) flag was found in the front seat of the car.

The policeman was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries while a manhunt was launched. "It's not critical," Knecht said. He said he didn't know the extent of the pedestrian injuries.

A few hours later, a moving van was stopped at a police check-stop north of the city. The vehicle then sped off with police in pursuit.

Police said the van intentionally swerved at pedestrians at crosswalks throughout the chase. Four people were injured by the van, but the extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

The van eventually rolled near a downtown hotel and a suspect was arrested. Knecht said the man was known to police, but did not release his name.

"It is believed at this time that these two incidents are related," he said. "It was determined that these incidents are being investigated as acts of terrorism."

Knecht said one person is in custody and police believe he acted alone but are not ruling out others may be involved.

Knecht said Edmonton police are working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's National Security Enforcement Team and other Canadian security agencies.



Source: AP news agency