A man carrying an ISIS flag attacked police with a knife and afterwards drove a U-haul into a crowd of pedestrians in Edmonton, Alberta.
Police declared that the suspect was a 30-year old. His name has not been released yet.
The incidents began at an Edmonton Eskimos football game where the suspect drove a white Chevrolet Malibu into a police traffic control barricade and sent one officer flying through the air. The driver of the vehicle then got out and attacked another police officer ‘viciously’ with a knife.
Hours later, police stopped a suspect U-haul van who then sped away, followed by police. During this chase, the driver drove into several crowds of people, injuring multiple. At this point, it is reported 5 are in hospital with critical injuries.
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Witness Brian McNeill was amazed that Canadian police let it come this far. He saw the police chase as he was entering a local Boston Pizza at 106th street. Mr McNeill declared: "That high-speed chase should have never, ever in a million years have happened downtown. If you've got 20 cops chasing one guy and there's pedestrians that are walking down this road?"
Mr Austin Elgie, also saw the van: ”There were like 10 cop cars following him … It was crazy. It just came around the corner, ripping. I thought at first he was pulling over for the cops coming by, but he was clearly the one they were chasing. I have a registered nurse on my bar team and I grabbed her and had her look after the guy until the ambulance came. He was breathing and we got him in the ambulance and he was still breathing.”
Police was finally able to stop the van after it flipped over.
Though details are still sketchy, the local chief of police did make a statement.
Edmonton police chief Rod Knecht: “It is believed at this time that these two incidents are related. It was determined that these incidents are being investigated as acts of terrorism.”