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10 Killed, 15 Injured As Driver Ploughs Van Onto Crowded Toronto Sidewalk

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| April 24 , 2018 , 09:10 IST

In one of the most violent attacks in recent Canadian history, 10 people were killed and another 15 injured after a driver deliberately ploughed a white rental van on a 1.6 km stretch of sidewalk during the crowded lunch-hour in Toronto on Monday.

The suspect was arrested by the police on the scene and has been identified as 25-year-old Alex Minassian from a northern Toronto suburb, although no affiliation to any groups has yet been revealed.

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders, speaking to media said that “the actions definitely looked deliberate.”

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Witnesses on the spot also described the van rampage as deliberate. An eye-witness quoted by CNN said, “This person was intentionally doing this, he was killing everybody. He kept going, he kept going. People were getting hit, one after another.”

The incident took place around 16 kilometres from a conference centre where Toronto is hosting a meeting of Group of Seven foreign ministers from Canada, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan on Tuesday. However, officials claim there is no evidence of a link between the attack and the event.

Canada's Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale issued an official statement after the incident, saying "on the basis of all available information at the present time, there would appear to be no national security connection to this particular incident."

Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau condoled the deaths in an official statement.

“It was with great sadness that I heard about the tragic and senseless attack that took place in Toronto this afternoon,” Trudeau said in a statement.

“We should all feel safe walking in our cities and communities. We are monitoring this situation closely, and will continue working with our law enforcement partners around the country to ensure the safety and security of all Canadians,” said PM Trudeau.