ISIS-Inspired Terror Attack in Edmonton – 5 Injured

 In Foreign

An ISIS sympathizer stabbed a police officer repeatedly after ramming a car into a police barricade. He later  deliberately targeted pedestrians during a police pursuit in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Saturday night. The van crashed and the 30 year old suspect was arrested.

The incident began when the driver of a white Chevy Malibu rammed into a police barricade at the Commonwealth Stadium during an Edmonton Eskimos football game at around 8 p.m. local time.

CTV reported,

“It was military appreciation night. Canada’s chief of defence staff, Gen. Jonathan Vance, conducted the pregame coin flip and two CF-18 fighter jets did a fly-past before kickoff. More than 800 Boy Scouts were expected at the game and many were planning to camp out on the field afterward.

While the Eskimos were battling the Winnipeg Blue Bombers inside the stadium, outside a white Chevy Malibu approached a traffic control post at a high speed.

[Police Chief] Knecht said the car rammed through a barricade, throwing an officer about five metres into the air, then crashed into a police cruiser.”

According to the accounts, the driver fled on foot after repeatedly stabbing the officer. An ISIS flag was found inside the car.

At around midnight, a U-Haul box van was stopped at a checkpoint north of downtown as football fans were being re-routed from the crime scene. When asked for his driver’s license, police noted the name was close to the registered owner of the Chevy Malibu. The driver sped off with police cars in pursuit behind him.

Police said the driver intentionally aimed at pedestrians in the crosswalks until the van flipped over on its side. Edmonton Police hauled the driver out through the broken windshield, and led him off in handcuffs. His name has not yet been released.

Four pedestrians were injured by the van, but their conditions are not known at this time.

Police stated that they believe this is a “lone wolf” attack, but reminded people to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings.

Prime Minister Trudeau issued a statement condemning the attack:

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