9 people are now confirmed dead, 16 injured after a yet to be identified man mounted the curb in a van and ploughed into pedestrians on one of the busiest Toronto intersections. The driver has been taken into custody and is under police interrogation.
As reported by Jihad Watch earlier, it is too early to conclude motive; however Former New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has stated…
his sources in Canada said the van driver was known to police and consider the incident a terrorist attack.
Van driver ploughs into pedestrians in Toronto, nine dead, NZ Herald, April 23, 2018:
Nine people have been killed after the driver of a white rental van ploughed into pedestrians – including a woman pushing a stroller – in Toronto, before apparently confronting police.
Authorities say the white van hit the crowd of pedestrians at the busy Yonge St and Finch Ave in north Toronto about 1.30pm local time (5.30am, NZT).
Police said that nine people were killed and 16 injured. Peter Yuen, the Toronto Police Deputy Chief said: “We can confirm for you tonight right now we have 9 people that are dead, 16 that are injured.”
US law enforcement sources told CBS News that the incident appears to be a deliberate act. CNN also reported that a law enforcement official briefed on the situation said the incident is believed to be deliberate.
Former New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton told MSNBC his sources in Canada said the van driver was known to police and consider the incident a terrorist attack.
But Canada’s minister of public safety says it’s too soon to say whether it is a case of international terrorism. Ralph Goodale told reporters that police are still investigating to determine what happened. Goodale says Canada has not changed its terrorism alert level and he has no information that would suggest a need to do so.
The vehicle immediately fled but was found several blocks away, and the driver was taken into custody, police said. Fox reported witnesses as saying the driver was waving a weapon-like object at police.
Sky News reports that Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital says seven patients from the van incident have been taken to the hospital and its emergency department is on lockdown as an “added precaution”.
“We looked up and down the street and saw three or four victims on the ground, with pedestrians helping them,” witness Saman Tabasinejad told the Toronto Sun. “I feel terrified, I grew up just around here.”
Connie Lam lives nearby and told the Toronto Star she saw two more bodies at Mel Lastman Square and another across the street from the square. Lam said whoever did this must have known to drive on the southbound footpath because the northbound side has more concrete tree holders…..