The seemingly random onslaught of improvisational terrorism has made its way to Canada. A terrorist drove a car into a police officer. After wrecking, the man jumped from the vehicle and began stabbing the officer with a knife. Authorities have the man in custody and believe he acted alone, though he was found with an ISIS flag in the car.
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The attack occurred in Edmonton, Alberta, outside a Canadian Football League game between the Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg. The game, the Daily Mail reports, was held to celebrate Canadian Forces Appreciation Night. An officer standing behind a barricade was injured when he was rammed by a Chevrolet Malibu.
The driver, a 30-year-old man, jumped from the car and stabbed the officer with a knife. He fled on foot. Hours later, the man was apprehended while driving a U-Haul truck.
The U-Haul was stopped at a traffic check-point. The driver’s name was similar to the name of the man who was on the Mailbu’s registration. When the driver realized he’d been caught, he bolted. Police followed. Though the driver of the U-Haul intentionally tried to run down pedestrians, he didn’t kill anyone. Four people were injured.
Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht issued a statement: “We ask that our citizens remain vigilant and observant of their surroundings, and contact police should they notice any other unusual activities around the city.”
“It is believed at this time that these two incidents are related,” he acknowledged. “It was determined that these incidents are being investigated as acts of terrorism.”
Knecht said Edmonton police are working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s National Security Enforcement Team and other Canadian security agencies.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued the following statement after a terrorist attack in Edmonton:
“The Government of Canada and Canadians stand with the people of Edmonton after the terrorist attack on Saturday that sent an Edmonton Police Service officer to hospital and injured a number of innocent people who were out to cheer on their football team and to enjoy an evening in their city.
“I am deeply concerned and outraged by this tragedy. Our thoughts are with those injured, their family and friends, and all those affected by this senseless act of violence.
“I am also grateful for the first responders who were there on the scene, and the enforcement authorities who have been working through the night to make sure that everybody in Edmonton and Alberta is safe and secure.
“Police officers put themselves at great personal risk every single day on our behalf, and this attack is a stark reminder of the sacrifices they make for the public good.
“While the investigation continues, early reports indicate that this is another example of the hate that we must remain ever vigilant against.
“The RCMP and the Edmonton Police Service, through the Integrated National Enforcement Team, are working closely together to bring those involved to justice.
“We cannot – and will not – let violent extremism take root in our communities. We know that Canada’s strength comes from our diversity, and we will not be cowed by those who seek to divide us or promote fear.”