>> Canadian police releasing this video of an attack on a traffic officer, the first of two incidents in Edmonton officials are calling acts of terrorism, which they believe were carried out by the same man.>> Suddenly and without notice, and at a high rate of speed, a male driving a white Chevrolet Malibu crashed through the traffic barricades that were separating vehicles from pedestrians.
The vehicle struck the police officer, sending him flying into the air 15 feet, before colliding with the officer's cruiser, again at a high rate of speed. A male, believed to be 30 years old, then jumped out of his vehicle and viciously attacked the Edmonton Police Service member with a knife.
A struggle then ensued, during which the male suspect stabbed the officer several times, before fleeing the scene on foot northbound down 92nd Street. Just before midnight, a U-Haul truck was pulled over at a checkstop location on Wayne Gretzky Drive and 112th Avenue. A police officer asks to see the license of the driver.
When the document was presented, the officer recognized the name as being very similar to the registered owner of the Chevy Malibu. The U-Haul truck immediately fled the scene, and was pursued by police officers towards Downtown Edmonton. Throughout the chase the truck deliberately attempted to hit pedestrians in crosswalks and alleys, in two areas along Jasper Avenue.
We know of at least four citizens that have been injured and taken to hospital. The event concluded when the U-Haul truck flipped on Jasper Avenue, due to police interaction. The driver was apprehended, and is currently in police custody. It is believed at this time that these two incidents are related.
>> Police saying the officer's condition is not critical, details on the condition of the other four victims were not immediately available. The CBC reporting that police found a flag of the Islamic State militant group inside the car that struck the traffic officer. A US official telling Reuters that US national security agencies are looking into the case.
And have yet to determine whether the attacker was working with others, including Islamic State, of if the suspect was a lone wolf.