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The Latest: Toronto police report 10th death in van incident

TORONTO (AP) - - 8:20 p.m.
    
Toronto's police chief says a 10th person has died after a rented van plowed into pedestrians along a sidewalk in Toronto. Fifteen people are reported in the hospital.
    
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders also has released the name of the purported driver detained after Monday's incident.
    
The suspect is identified as Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old from the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill.
    
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5 p.m.
    
A Toronto police official says nine people have been killed and 16 injured from a van that jumped onto a sidewalk and struck pedestrians in the north part of the city.
    
Deputy Police Chief Peter Yuen says the driver of the van is in custody but Yuen has not provided any possible cause or motive in Monday's incident.  He says the investigation is continuing.
    
Yuen also has not given any details on the injuries.
    

4:25 p.m.
    
Canada's minister of public safety says it's too soon to say whether the crash of a van into pedestrians in Toronto is a case of international terrorism.
    
Ralph Goodale tells reporters that police are still investigating to determine what happened and why in Monday's incident in northern Toronto in which a van struck a crowd of pedestrians.
    
He declines to confirm reports of the number of injured or whether there are any fatalities. Other authorities have said at least seven people were injured and a photo appears to show at least one person dead.
    
Goodale says Canada has not changed its terrorism alert level and he has no information that would suggest a need to do so.

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Police in Canada say the van that struck eight to 10 pedestrians in north Toronto has been found and the driver is in custody.
    
Police Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu says authorities do not yet know the cause or reason for the collision.
    
Authorities say the van apparently jumped the curb and hit the pedestrians. The extent of their injuries is not yet known.
    
Toronto paramedic spokeswoman Kim McKinnon says first responders are on scene treating multiple patients but wouldn't confirm the number or severity of injuries.
    
Police have shut down the Yonge and Finch intersection following the Monday afternoon incident and Toronto's transit agency says it has suspended service on the subway line running through the area.

 

 


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