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Nine dead, 16 hurt by van ploughing over Toronto sidewalk - police

By Anna Mehler Paperny and Allison Martell

 

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Police in Toronto say they have arrested a man after a white van struck multiple people at a major intersection in the city's northern suburbs on Monday afternoon.

 

TORONTO (Reuters) - A white Ryder rental van killed nine people and injured 16 when its driver ploughed through a busyToronto sidewalk on a sunny Monday afternoon, police said.

 

Toronto Deputy Chief Peter Yuen provided the casualty toll at a news conference.

 

The incident occurred just before 1:30 p.m. (1730 GMT) as large crowds of office workers were on lunch breaks. At least one witness described the driver as appearing to deliberately target victims on his roughly mile-long (1.6 km-long) rampage. The driver was in custody, police said.

 

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Firemen cover a victim of an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection in Toronto's northern suburbs, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

 

A Reuters witness said there were at least two bodies at the site of the incident. At least seven people were brought to nearby Sunnybrook Health Services Centre's trauma centre, the hospital said on Twitter.

 

It was not immediately clear if the incident was a deliberate act by the driver or a traffic mishap in a mixed commercial and residential area.

 

(Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny and Allison Martell in Toronto; Additional reporting by Jim Finkle, Nichola Saminather, Carlo Allegri and Julie Gordon; Writing by Andrea Hopkins and Scott Malone; Editing by Grant McCool)

 
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They're calling it deliberate.

Motive not yet determined.

People will naturally assume Islamist terrorism but too early to say for sure 

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Nine dead, 16 hurt by van ploughing over Toronto sidewalk - police

By Anna Mehler Paperny and Allison Martell

 

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A Toronto police oficer responds to an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection inToronto's northern suburbs in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Donovan

 

TORONTO (Reuters) - A driver ploughed his white Ryder rental van into a crowd, killing nine people and injuring 16 on a busy Toronto sidewalk on a sunny Monday afternoon, police said.

 

Toronto Deputy Chief Peter Yuen announced the casualties at a news conference. He said the driver was in custody.

 

The incident occurred just before 1:30 p.m. (1730 GMT) as large crowds of office workers were on lunch breaks. At least one witness described the driver as appearing to deliberately target victims on his roughly mile-long (1.6 km-long) rampage.

 

A Reuters witness saw at least two tarp-covered bodies at the site of the incident. Five people remained in critical condition at Sunnybrook Health Services Centre on Monday afternoon, the hospital said.

 

It was not immediately clear if the incident was a deliberate act by the driver or a traffic mishap in a mixed commercial and residential area.

 

Canada's public safety minister, Ralph Goodale, declined to comment on what may have motivated the attack.

 

"The investigation is at a stage where no further information can be confirmed at this point," Goodale told a news conference said. "The police are conducting obviously their thorough investigation to determine what happened and why it happened, the motivations involved."

 

Ryder System Inc <R.N> spokeswoman Claudia Panfil confirmed that one of the company's rental vehicles had been involved in the incident and said the company was cooperating with authorities.

 

There have been a string of deadly vehicle attacks in the United States and Europe, including an Oct. 31 attack in New York that killed eight. Islamic State militant group encourages its supporters to use vehicles for attacks.

 

Toronto is hosting a Group of Seven foreign ministers meeting about 30 kms (18 miles) away from the scene of Monday's deaths.

 

The crash occurred at the corner of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue in the north end of the city, said Toronto Police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray.

 

A man who gave his name as Ali told CNN he saw the van and that the driver appeared to have been targeting people.

 

"This person was intentionally doing this, he was killing everybody," the man said. "He kept going, he kept going. People were getting hit, one after another."

 

He said a number of the victims were older people and at one point he saw a stroller fly into the air.

 

At least one person was struck outside on the sidewalk outside an Anglican church, north of where the van came to rest in front of a currency exchange in a condominium tower.

 

Yonge Street is large, divided boulevard at the point where the incident occurred, its centre meridian dotted with planter boxes and sculptures.

 

Some of the victims were struck in a public square popular with office workers on lunch breaks. Aerial photos of the scene posted on social media showed a food truck parked just a few feet away from where emergency workers busily transferred people onto stretchers.

 

There was no noticeable change in security around the Intercontinental Hotel where the ministers of Canada, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan were meeting on Monday.

 

(Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny and Allison Martell in Toronto; Additional reporting by Jim Finkle, Nichola Saminather, Carlo Allegri and Julie Gordon; Writing by Andrea Hopkins and Scott Malone; Editing by Grant McCool)

 
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That is weird. 

Such incidents are often "fog of war" like in the earlier stages of reporting on them.

I reckon before long we'll know a lot more.

 

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1 minute ago, Jingthing said:

That is weird. 

Such incidents are often "fog of war" like in the earlier stages of reporting on them.

I reckon before long we'll know a lot more.

 

If they have the guy in custody they must know his name!

 

Are we being too politically correct here?

 

Also, did this occur in the China town area of Toronto?  I think that is more West, but I can't remember.

 

 

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Suspects in Toronto van attack identified - CBC TV

 

TORONTO (Reuters) - The suspect in the Toronto van attack that killed nine people and injured 16 others is a 25-year-old man named Alek Minassian, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said on Monday.

 

CBC TV did not cite sources. A driver in a white van ploughed into a crowd in north Toronto, according to police and hospital officials. The driver was in custody, police said.

 

(Reporting by Nichola Saminather; Editing by Sandra Maler)

 
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1 hour ago, vogie said:

 

rip

the cop is confronting the driver and people stroll around like on an afternoon outing see 0.26 

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Ten now dead, 15 injured after van plows into Toronto crowd

 

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Fire fighters stand near a covered body after a van struck multiple people at a major intersection northern Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Saul Porto

 

TORONTO (Reuters) - Ten people were killed and another 15 are injured after a 25-year-old man appeared to deliberately mow down pedestrians in north Toronto, the city's police chief said on Monday.

 

Mark Saunders said the suspect in the incident, Alek Minassian, was not known to police and his motives were still unknown.

 

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Sandra Maler)

 
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30 minutes ago, ChiangMaiLightning2143 said:

Sometimes I wish I was Canadian. The suspect was purposely trying to get shot (death by cop). Looks like a Glock in the video, maybe not to the firrst reponders.

Excellent policing and stunning bravery by the Mounties. US cops shoot people all the time for far less threat, the guy already committed multiple homicide.

Ba..ard should have been shot. Same for the Government who allowed into the country.

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