Canada: An attack on a police officer outside a football game and a high-speed chase that injured four people in the western city of Edmonton are being investigated as acts of terrorism, Canadian police said on Sunday.
The chaos began outside a Canadian Football League game on Saturday night when police say a white Chevrolot Malibu rammed a traffic-control barricade and sent an officer flying five metres into the air.
Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said the driver, believed to be 30-years old, then got out and attacked the officer with a knife before fleeing on foot. Knecht said an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) flag was found in the front seat of the car.
A police officer was first hit by a car and then stabbed by its driver on Saturday evening near Commonwealth Stadium, and four pedestrians were injured by a truck driven by the fleeing assailant, reports Press TV. Police are investigating the attacks as acts of terrorism.
The first incident happened when the man crashed a car into a police barricade outside the stadium, where the Edmonton Eskimos were hosting Winnipeg on Canadian Forces Appreciation Night.
At the scene, an Edmonton Police Service member was stabbed multiple times. Police said the stabbed officer was manning a traffic checkpoint near 93 Street and 107A Avenue when it happened at around 8.15pm local time.
The man fled the scene where the suspect’s white Chevrolet Malibu was smashed into the front of an Edmonton Police Service SUV.
A manhunt is now underway for the suspect, who was later pulled over at a police check stop before midnight. A high speed chase then occurred. Four pedestrians were hit before the suspect’s vehicle overturned on Jasper Avenue.