Toronto van attack suspect expected in
court on Tuesday
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[April 24, 2018]
By Allison Martell and Anna Mehler Paperny
TORONTO (Reuters) - A driver suspected of
killing 10 and injuring 15 others when he plowed a rental van into
pedestrians in Toronto will make his first court appearance on Tuesday
when details of a motive for the attack were expected to emerge.
While the worst mass killing in Canada in decades has the hallmarks of
other deadly vehicle assaults by Islamic State supporters in the United
States and Europe, officials said it did not represent a threat to
Alex Minassian, 25, identified by police as the suspect, will appear in
a Toronto court at 10 a.m. EDT, Toronto police said. Charges will be
made public at that time.
Minassian, who was not previously known to authorities, attended a high
school program where one classmate remembered him as "absolutely
The officer who apprehended Minassian was praised for making a peaceful
arrest eve as the suspect shouted "Kill me" and claimed to have a gun.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who called the incident a "tragic and
senseless attack," was to speak to reporters at 8:45 a.m. EDT in Ottawa.
Canadians mourned as the victims began to be identified on Tuesday. "We
are a peaceful, tolerant, free society. The horrific violence on
Toronto’s Conge Street will strengthen rather than undermine these
truths," columnist John Ibbitson wrote in the Globe and Mail national
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A damaged van seized by police is seen after multiple people were
struck at a major intersection northern Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Saul Porto
The attack shook the usually peaceful streets of Toronto, a
multicultural city with a population of 2.8 million. The city
recorded 61 murders last year.
Downtown Toronto's iconic CNH Tower, which is normally lit up in the
evening, went dark on Monday evening.
The drama started at lunchtime on a warm spring day, when the driver
drove his vehicle into the crowds. The street was soon covered in
blood, empty shoes and bodies.
Canada is still recovering from the shock of a highway crash in
Saskatchewan earlier this month that killed 16 people on a bus
carrying a junior hockey team.
Last October eight people died in New York when a man driving a
rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists on a bike
(Additional reporting and writing by Andrea Hopkins in Ottawa;
Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)
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