A man was arrested by Canadian authorities yesterday after two serious attacks in Edmonton, Alberta.
The first attack took place outside Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday night, during a Canadian Football League game. The assailant drove a white Chevrolet Malibu into a traffic barrier, knocking down a police officer before attacking him with a knife and fleeing. The officer was rushed to hospital while police were called out to find the man.
Just hours later, a police chase took ensued after a U-Haul van with a driver matching the owner of the Chevrolet Malibu was stopped at an impaired driving check. The driver sped off with police close behind, purposefully swerving at pedestrians as he drove. Four people were hit as the van sped downtown, before flipping.
Police arrested the driver, an Edmonton man in his thirties, who they suspect was acting alone. Upon examining the Chevrolet Malibu, officers found an Islamic State group flag. Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht confirmed that the attacks are being examined as terrorist attacks. “It is believed at this time that these two incidents are related,” he told The Independent. “It was determined that these incidents are being investigated as acts of terrorism.”