A 30 year old Edmonton man has been arrested in connection with a series of events in the provincial capital Saturday night that saw one police officer struck with a car and stabbed, and four pedestrians hit with a van.
Edmonton Police Service and the RCMP are investigating the incidents as Acts of Terrorism under the criminal code.
EPS says it began outside of a football game at Commonwealth Stadium, where they say a car struck an non-uniformed officer and a traffic control barricade.
The driver of the car then reportedly got out of the vehicle and attacked the officer with a knife.
That officer was transported to hospital where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
A few hours later, a U-Haul cube van was stopped at a nearby check stop, where police determined that the name on the driver’s licence was close to the name of the registered owner of the car that hit the officer.
The U-Haul then sped off with police in pursuit.
The van intentionally swerved at pedestrians at several downtown crosswalks, striking four people and sending them to hospital before eventually rolling over near a downtown hotel.
The extent of the injuries to the pedestrians was not immediately known.
The name of the accused has not been released.
An Islamic State flag was reportedly found in one of the vehicles, which has led police to treat these incidents as acts of terrorism.
with files from the Canadian Press