Van Left 'Pure Carnage' for Nearly a Mile in Toronto

Police believe there is no terror connection
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2018 3:13 AM CDT
Updated Apr 24, 2018 6:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – Police don't know why a van sped along a busy sidewalk in Toronto on Monday afternoon, leaving a trail of bodies in its wake—but they say it "definitely looks deliberate." A suspect identified as 25-year-old Alek Minassian was arrested near the scene of the horrific attack, which killed 10 people and injured 15. In bystander video of the arrest, the suspect can be seen brandishing an object at an officer and saying "Kill me" and "Shoot me in the head," the Toronto Star reports. He eventually obeyed the officer's orders to get on the ground and was taken into custody without shots being fired. Police later said he did not have a gun. The latest developments:

  • "Not part of a plot." Ralph Goodale, Canada's public security minister, says there is no sign the attack was part of a wider terror plot in Toronto, where G7 foreign and security ministers met Monday, the CBC reports. "On the basis of all available information at the present time there would appear to be no national security connection to this particular incident," he told reporters late Monday.

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