UPDATE: Toronto van attack – Ten people dead after van mounts pavement and mows down pedestrians in Toronto


UPDATE: The killing began on a busy lunchtime thoroughfare in Toronto on Monday when a white rental Ryder van ran over a pedestrian crossing the street — then mounted a sidewalk and began plowing into people indiscriminately.

“One by one, one by one,” said a witness who identified himself as Ali. “Holy God, I’ve never seen such a sight before. I feel sick.”

By the end, at least 10 people were dead and 15 were injured, said the authorities.

The driver’s actions, they said, appeared intentional, but did not seem to have been an act of terrorism. “The city is safe,” said the Toronto police chief, Mark Saunders.

The driver, who was identified as Alek Minassian, 25, was in custody after initially refusing to surrender.

“There were a lot of pedestrians out, a lot of witnesses out, enjoying the sunny afternoon,” said Peter Yuen, the deputy chief of the Toronto police service.

John Flengas, the acting E.M.S. supervisor for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, which said it received 10 victims from the scene, described it as “pure carnage.” He told CTV News on Monday that he had seen “victims everywhere.” – READ MORE


ORIGINAL: AT least five people are dead after being struck by a van mounting a pavement in Toronto, Canada.

Cops were called to Yonge Street and Finch Avenue after a speeding white rental van hit pedestrians before fleeing the scene.

The incident happened just before 1:30pm local time (18:30 GMT) in Canada’s largest city.

Cops have arrested the driver of the van but have not yet established a motive for the attack.

One eyewitness claimed the driver appeared “in control” of the vehicle as it hit pedestrians. However, it is not yet known if it was a deliberate act or a traffic mishap.

The incident happened 18 miles from G7 ministers, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, meeting to discuss terrorism and cyber security. – READ MORE

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