Toronto van attack – Nine dead and several injured after “Middle Eastern” driver mows down pedestrians in Toronto

VAN HORROR Toronto van attack – Nine dead and several injured after van mows down pedestrians in Toronto,” by Olivia Loveridge-Greene, The Sun, April 23, 2018:

AT least nine people are dead and another 16 injured after a van mounted onto a pavement in Toronto, Canada.

The speeding white rental ploughed into pedestrians for up to a mile leaving a trail of bodies and blood along the busy north-central part of Canada’s largest city.

Eyewitnesses spoke of their horror as elderly residents and a woman with a baby stroller were thrown into the air by the speeding vehicle just before 1:30pm local time (18:30 GMT).

Cops arrested the driver several blocks from the incident along Yonge Street and Finch Avenue after a furious stand-off which saw the suspect wrestled and pinned against a police car.

One eyewitness told CNN the driver appeared to have been targeting people.

He said: “This person was intentionally doing this, he was killing everybody. He kept going, he kept going. People were getting hit, one after another.”

Another said he saw people “strewn all over the road” after the Ryder rental truck mounted the pavement.

Another claimed the driver appeared “in control” of the vehicle as it hit pedestrians.

According to Newstalk Toronto Paramedics confirmed nine people had died as a result of the attack.

Cops have not yet established a motive for the attacl.

The incident happened 18 miles from G7 ministers, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, meeting to discuss terrorism and cyber security.

A Toronto police spokesman said: “At this point it’s too early to tell what if any motive there was. We are also unable right now to tell the extent or the number of persons injured”.

Buildings and workplaces in the surrounding area have been put on lockdown while nearby subway stations were closed.

Cops have since cordoned off the southbound lanes of Yonge Street and have urged locals to avoid the area.

According to CBC one eyewitness said he had seen at least four bodies lying covered on the ground.

One eyewitness told a local reporter “He was in control of what he was doing, he knew what he was doing from what I can. I was in shock but from what I can tell that’s what he was doing.”…

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