Canada vehicle attacks, stabbing 'terrorism'

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the Saturday night stabbing of a police officer in Edmonton and resulting high-speed chase that injured four people as a "terrorist attack".

At approximately 8:15 pm Saturday (0215 GMT Sunday) a man in a speeding white Chevy Malibu crashed through police barricades outside Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium, where a Canadian Football League game was being played.

The suspect fled on foot after ramming a police vehicle and there was an ISIS flag in the auto and a massive manhunt is on to search the attacker.

Roughly two hours into the manhunt which followed, a large U-Haul van was observed racing through downtown with as many as a dozen police cruisers in hot pursuit.

Edmonton police chief Rod Knetch confirmed that a black ISIS flag was taken from the passenger seat of the vehicle.

In 2014, Canada was stunned by two deadly attacks that police said were the work of homegrown radicals and led to tougher new anti-terrorism measures. Driver detonated an explosive device in a taxi cab before police killed him. Their conditions were not immediately known, the police chief said.

Actually, the police had stopped this van for security checks, after which the van driver took him towards the city.

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Police say the incidents "may be related" and are investigating both as acts of terrorism.

The driver of the UHaul was arrested said witnesses.

Police said the van intentionally swerved at pedestrians at crosswalks throughout the chase. "I thought at first he was pulling over for the cops coming by, but he was clearly the one they were chasing". His name has not been released.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley tweeted her well-wishes to the injured officer.

"We ask that our citizens remain vigilant and observant of their surroundings, and contact police should they notice any other unusual activities around the city", police said in the statement.

"I am deeply concerned and outraged by this tragedy", he said in a statement.

- Edmonton Police are working with RCMP and other security agencies and believe the man acted alone.

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