Edmonton Police investigate incidents as acts of Terrorism

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The events of Saturday evening first unfolded when the man crashed his Chevrolet Malibu into a barricade, sending a police officer directing traffic at a football game 15 feet in the air.

Based on evidence at the scene and the actions of the male suspect, EPS, INSET and its Canadian Public Security Agencies are now investigating these incidents as acts of terrorism under Section 83.2 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The auto struck a police officer standing in front of his patrol vehicle, "sending him flying 3m through the air".

Edmonton Police have released a graphic video showing a police officer being struck by a auto and then stabbed in what investigators believe to be a terror attack, the CBC reports.

"It was determined that these incidents are being investigated as acts of terrorism", Knecht said.

Police identified the suspect when he got stopped at a checkpoint and his license showed that he was the owner of the Malibu.

Officials tell ABC News that the suspect was speeding when he barreled through a police barricade and hit a police officer. Four people were injured and taken to hospital and there has been no update on their conditions.

Nearly two hours later, at approximately 11:30pm local time, a white U-Haul van was stopped at a police checkpoint while the manhunt was still underway. Police said he had previously been known to the authorities.

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


"Throughout the chase, the truck attempted to hit pedestrians in crosswalks and alleys", police said.

He said the RCMP is working with Edmonton police in the investigation. "The suspect then got out of the vehicle and approached the officer and an altercation ensued".

"The driver was apprehended and taken into police custody", Knecht said.

There was screaming and shouting, and people were running everywhere, ' said one witness.

Before they could arrest him he fled the scene in the truck and tried to hit pedestrians along the way. "I'm shocked - I just see people flying".

"We believe the individual acted alone", Knecht said.

Pon posted pictures of the U-Haul on its side with a large hole in the windshield. "We are urging all Edmontonians to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings".

The U-Haul traveled on busy Jasper Avenue, which late Saturday night and early Sunday morning was full of football fans and bargoers, reported CNN partner CBC.

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