Suspected terrorist with Islamic State group flag stabs a police officer before mowing down a crowd of people with a U-Haul van in Canada leaving at least five injured

Sunday, October 1, 2017
By Paul Martin

Canadian police have one person in custody; it’s unclear if he acted alone
Chaos began outside a Canadian Football League game Saturday night
Car rammed traffic control barricade and sent officer flying 15 feet into the air
Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said driver then got out and attacked officer with a knife before fleeing on foot
Knecht said an Islamic State group flag was found in the front seat of the car
Hours later U-Haul van swerved at pedestrians at crosswalks, leaving at least four people injured
Police say driver of car is believed to be same as U-Haul van; they have not released his name

REGINA F. GRAHAM
DAILYMAIL.COM
1 October 2017

Canadian police said early Sunday that an attack on an officer outside a football game and a high-speed chase of a U-Haul that left four people injured in the Western city of Edmonton, Alberta, are being investigated as acts of terrorism.

Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said that officers have one person in custody and think he acted alone, but are not ruling out that others may be involved.

The chaos began outside a Canadian Football League game where the Edmonton Eskimos were hosting Winnipeg on Canadian Forces Appreciation Night on Saturday night at the Commonwealth Stadium.

Police say a white Chevrolet Malibu rammed a traffic control barricade and sent an officer flying into the air 15 feet.

Knecht said the driver, believed to be 30 years old, then got out and attacked the officer with a knife before fleeing on foot.

The officer was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries while a manhunt was launched.

‘It’s not critical,’ Knecht said. He said he didn’t know the extent of the pedestrian injuries.

Knecht said an Islamic State group flag was found in the front seat of the car and seized as evidence.

A few hours later, a U-Haul van was stopped at an impaired driving check stop north of downtown on Wayne Gretzky Drive.

Knecht said the name of the driver was close to the name of the registered owner of the car that hit the officer.
He said the U-Haul then sped off toward downtown with police in pursuit.

Police say the U-Haul intentionally swerved at pedestrians at crosswalks throughout the chase.

Four people were injured by the van, but the extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

The van eventually rolled near a downtown hotel and a suspect was arrested.

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