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Van hits pedestrians in Canada, killed 10

 International Desk Daily-Bangladesh

 Published: 09:38 AM, 24 April 2018  

10 people were killed after a man drove a van into pedestrians in Toronto

10 people were killed after a man drove a van into pedestrians in Toronto

At least 10 people were killed and 15 others injured after a man drove a van into pedestrians along a busy Yonge Street in Canadian city Toronto on Monday afternoon (local time).

Witnesses described seeing the vehicle swerve to deliberately hit pedestrians, leaving a pushchair "split in half" and hitting people sitting on a bench.

A man was later arrested after a tense stand-off with armed police, during which video footage showed him telling officers he had a gun and shouting: "Shoot me in the head".

The suspect has been named by police as Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old student.

Toronto deputy police chief Peter Yuen asked for witnesses to come forward and said there would be "a long investigation". He said separate hotlines had been set up for victims` families and for witnesses.

City police chief Mark Saunders told a news conference that the incident appeared to be deliberate but the motive was still unknown. He said Alek Minassian, from the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill, was not previously known to them.

Canadian public safety minister Ralph Goodale, in a tweet thanking the emergency services, referred to the incident as a "horrific attack".

Reza Hashemi, who owns a video shop on Yonge Street, said he heard screaming on the other side of the road. He said a white rental van had repeatedly mounted the pavement and run into people.

Van rental company Ryder System Inc confirmed that one of its vehicles was involved and said it was co-operating with authorities.

The incident occurred at Yonge Street and Finch Avenue at 13:30 local time (17:30 GMT) on Monday. The crime scene encompassed a 2km (1.24 mile) stretch of Yonge Street.

About 18 miles (30km) away in the city centre, foreign ministers of the G7 leading industrialised nations - Canada, the US, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan - were holding meetings.

Pictures apparently taken at the scene showed armed police and paramedics treating the injured. One orange bag, which appeared to contain a body, was loaded on to an ambulance.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted from Ottawa: "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."

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