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Published: Mon, October 02, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Five injured in Canada "terror" incidents

Five injured in Canada

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.

Canada has not experienced as much violence from extremist attacks as the United States and Western European nations, though there have been several deadly incidents in recent years.

Edmonton police released grainy footage of a auto ramming a crowd control barricade with a uniformed officer standing beside it.

A van later struck and injured four pedestrians during a high-speed chase. Reportedly, the driver was identified by cops at a drunk-driving checkpoint, and while speeding away from officers, he mowed down four pedestrians in front of a bar.

The suspect fled the scene near Commonwealth Stadium after the initial attack and EPS officers began searching the area.

The officer's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

He said the truck "deliberately attempted to hit pedestrians" during the police chase, media reported.

- Police asked to see the driver's licence and recognized the name as being similar to the registered owner of the Chevy Malibu.

Police said the van intentionally swerved at pedestrians at crosswalks throughout the chase.

Dramatic photos from Global News showed the flipped U-Haul on its side with its windscreen smashed to pieces.

The police officer's condition is described as "not critical".

'It is believed at this time that these two incidents are related, ' he said.

Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said they believe that the 30-year-old man acted alone in carrying out these attacks, but are not ruling out other participants.

In a press conference, broadcast live on Facebook, police said they are treating the incident as an act of terrorism.

"The investigation is in its very early stages and we are urging Edmontonians to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings". Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

Canadian police have confirmed they are investigating possible acts of terrorism after multiple incidents in Edmonton, Alberta, on Saturday night. I am deeply concerned and outraged by this tragedy.

October 20, 2014: Quebec police shoot and kill Martin Couture-Rouleau after he threatens an officer with a knife.

Goodale's office issued a statement to say the RCMP's Integrated National Security Enforcement Team was working closely with Edmonton police.

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