Update: Suspect identified in vehicular attack in Toronto which killed 9, injured 16

U.S. law enforcement sources told CBS News that the incident appears to be a deliberate act…..Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale said that it was too soon to say whether the crash was a case of international terrorism and that the government had not raised its terrorism alert.

As reported by Jihad Watch earlier, it is too early to establish motive. At this stage, there is no confirmation that the attack was a jihad attack, however, it is to be noted that global jihadists employ this method of operation which has been called for by the Islamic State and al Qaeda.  Updates will continue.

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 strikes pedestrians in Toronto, killing 9 — live updates”, CBS News, April 23, 2018:

TORONTO — A van struck and killed nine pedestrians Monday afternoon in north Toronto and fled the scene, Canadian police said. Sixteen others were injured in the incident. Authorities said the van has been found and the driver was in custody. Police said they did not yet know the cause or any possible motive.

CBS News sources identified the suspect as Alek Minassian, 25.

U.S. law enforcement sources told CBS News that the incident appears to be a deliberate act. Witnesses said the driver was moving fast and appeared to be acting deliberately.

Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale said that it was too soon to say whether the crash was a case of international terrorism and that the government had not raised its terrorism alert.

Toronto Police Services Deputy Chief Peter Yuen released no details about the investigation as he announced the casualties.

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Acting Chief Peter Yuen: 9 people dead, 16 people injured. One man in custody, after incident involving vehicle on Yonge Street. ^js

4:53 PM – Apr 23, 2018

Yuen said police were still interviewing witnesses and examining surveillance video of the incident as part of what he called a “complex” investigation.

“I can assure the public all our available resources have been brought in to investigate this tragic situation,” he said.

The incident occurred as Cabinet ministers from the major industrial countries were gathered in Canada to discuss a range of international issues in the run-up to the G7 meeting near Quebec City in June.

The driver was heading south on busy Yonge Street around 1:30 p.m. and the streets were crowded with people enjoying an unseasonably warm day when the van jumped onto the sidewalk.

Ali Shaker, who was driving near the van at the time, told Canadian broadcast outlet CP24 that the driver appeared to be moving deliberately through the crowd at more than 30 mph.

“He just went on the sidewalk,” a distraught Shaker said. “He just started hitting everybody, man. He hit every single person on the sidewalk. Anybody in his way he would hit.”…

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