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UPDATE: 10 People Dead after van hits Pedestrians in Toronto

Toronto police say 9 dead, 16 injured after van struck pedestrians in Toronto; driver in custody.

Posted: Apr 23, 2018 2:00 PM
Updated: Apr 23, 2018 7:07 PM

UPDATE: 4/23/2018 7:06 p.m.

TORONTO-- Toronto's police chief says an incident in which a rented van smashed into pedestrians appeared to have been deliberate.


Police Chief Mark Saunders made the comment at a news conference Monday night hours after the van killed 10 people and left 15 more hospitalized. The driver had fled but was surrounded by police and detained.

Saunders said, "The incident definitely looked deliberate."

The chief identified the suspect as Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old from the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill.


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UPDATE: 4/23/2018 2:48 p.m.

TORONTO-- A Toronto police official says nine people have been killed and 16 injured from a van that jumped onto a sidewalk and struck pedestrians in the north part of the city.

Deputy Police Chief Peter Yuen says the driver of the van is in custody but Yuen has not provided any possible cause or motive in Monday's incident. He says the investigation is continuing.

Yuen also has not given any details on the injuries.

Canada's minister of public safety says it's too soon to say whether the crash of a van into pedestrians in Toronto is a case of international terrorism.

Ralph Goodale tells reporters that police are still investigating to determine what happened and why in Monday's incident in northern Toronto in which a van struck a crowd of pedestrians.

He declines to confirm reports of the number of injured or whether there are any fatalities. Other authorities have said at least seven people were injured and a photo appears to show at least one person dead.

Goodale says Canada has not changed its terrorism alert level and he has no information that would suggest a need to do so.

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TORONTO (AP) - Toronto police say 9 dead, 16 injured after van struck pedestrians in Toronto; driver in custody.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.) 

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