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Minister Ralph Goodale : Police confirm 10 dead, 15 injured after van strikes pedestrians along Yonge St.

April 24th, 2018 | by Richard Paul
Minister Ralph Goodale : Police confirm 10 dead, 15 injured after van strikes pedestrians along Yonge St.
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Deadly van ‘attack’ not part of organized terror plot, says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale

Police confirm 10 dead, 15 injured after van strikes pedestrians along Yonge St.

A rented van used in the attack sits on a sidewalk about a mile from where several pedestrians were injured in northern Toronto Monday. (Warren Toda/EFE/EPA)

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the van attack in Toronto that killed 10 people and put another 15 in hospital is not part of a plot that poses a threat to national security.

“I’ve had the opportunity to consult with the senior officials of the security and police agencies of the Government of Canada, and on the basis of all available information at the present time there would appear to be no national security connection to this particular incident,” Goodale told reporters in Toronto Monday evening.

Goodale was careful not to rule out the possibility that the investigation could evolve, but said that while the attack was “horrendous,” current information suggests it was an isolated incident.

The Toronto Police Service confirmed that the man arrested after a rental van rammed a number of pedestrians near a busy intersection in Toronto is Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill. According to his LinkedIn page he’s a student at Seneca College.

Goodale says police agencies collaborating to get answers after van incident

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Public safety minister speaks to reporters at G7 ministers meeting after pedestrians struck in Toronto. 1:15

In the first hours after the attack, Goodale said in a press conference that he had no evidence to suggest Canada’s national threat level needed to be raised.

“There is no information available to me at the present time that would indicate a change in the risk level,” Goodale told reporters in Toronto, where he is attending the G7 foreign and security ministers meeting.

Goodale said he was meeting with his counterparts in other G7 countries to discuss national security issues when news of the attack broke. He said that all the foreign ministers he was meeting with expressed their support and sympathy over what had happened.

Earlier in the day, Goodale used the word “attack” to describe the incident.

“Grateful for the brave and professional response of @TorontoPolice and other first responders to the horrific attack at Yonge and Finch,” Goodale said in a tweet. “Canadians are appalled at what happened. The victims and their families have our deepest condolences.”

But a spokesperson for Goodale’s office later told CBC News in an email that the minister used the word “to describe [the] scope of violence, not in the terror sense. Speaking to the result not the cause or nature.”

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Trudeau on Toronto van incident

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PM Justin Trudeau responds to a question from Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer regarding the van that hit a number of pedestrians in Toronto. 0:34

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, writing on his official Twitter feed, offered his sympathies to those affected by the incident and also thanked first responders for their efforts.

Justin Trudeau

@JustinTrudeau

Our thoughts are with all those affected by the terrible incident at Yonge and Finch in Toronto. Thank you to the first responders working at the scene – we’re monitoring the situation closely.

Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh also took to social media to issue their own calls of support for the victims and first responders.

Andrew Scheer

@AndrewScheer

Terrible news of the incident in Toronto this afternoon. Deepest sympathies and condolences of our entire Conservative Caucus and all Parliamentarians are with the community as this situation continues to develop. Our thanks to the first responders who acted so quickly.

Jagmeet Singh

@theJagmeetSingh

Tragic news coming out of Toronto – my thoughts are with all those affected by the horrific events unfolding near Yonge and Finch, along with all first responders.

Earlier in the day, when details of the attack hadn’t yet been made public, Scheer began question period in the House of Commons expressing his concerns for the victims and asking Trudeau for an update. The prime minister said that he had no details to relate but his thoughts were also with the victims.

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Live updates on the Toronto van incident from CBC News Network. 0:00

At about 1:30 p.m., police were called to the north Toronto intersection of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue after a white van struck a number of pedestrians.

A witness said that he had seen at least four covered bodies lying on the ground after the event, and that the people hit included a man who was crossing the street and others on the sidewalk.

The van, which was said to have mounted the curb before striking pedestrians on the sidewalk, was stopped by city police, Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu told CBC Toronto.

National Defence has confirmed that Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance was not attending a briefing on the incident, contrary to some reports.

DND also confirmed that “the force protection posture of the Canadian Armed Forces has not changed.”

Ambassador Kelly Craft

@USAmbCanada

Hearing about the horrific incident in Toronto this afternoon. Joe and I are praying for those affected, their families, and the first responders at the scene. https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau/status/988498398373433345 

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