The incident occurred when Toronto, the capital of Ontario province, was hosting a summit of Foreign and Security ministers from the Group of Seven (G7)
Canada is investigating the past and possible terrorist links of Alek Minassian, the alleged perpetrator of a mass runover in Toronto, as a result of which ten people were killed and 15 were injured on Monday afternoon.
Minassian appeared in court this morning.
Although authorities said that the 25-year-old man, who resides in Richmond Hill, in northern Toronto, has no known links with extremist organization, they warned that the action ‘definitively seems deliberate’.
The incident occurred when Toronto, the capital of Ontario province, was hosting a summit of Foreign and Security ministers from the Group of Seven (G7).
On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed sadness for what he described as ‘a tragic and senseless attack’. On behalf of all Canadians, he conveyed his condolences to the relatives of the fatal victims and wished a prompt recovery to those injured.
For his part, Deputy Police Chief Peter Yuen told a press conference that ‘it will be a complex investigation’ and that the zone where the incident occurred ‘will be closed for several days’.
Meanwhile, Public Security Minister Ralph Goodale noted that what happened ‘is a very serious event’.
‘Right now no conclusion can be drawn. The police are carrying out their investigation,’ he noted.