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Jordanian citizen killed in Toronto van attack

Tuesday 24/April/2018 - 09:54 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Mohamed Emad

One Jordanian citizen was among 10 people killed when a man drove a rental van into a Toronto crowd on Monday، an official at the Embassy of Jordan in Ottawa said on Tuesday، according to Reuters.

“We can only confirm that a Jordanian citizen was among the deceased،” a woman at the embassy who would only give her name as Noor Kh، told Reuters، declining to give any details about the identity of the victim.

Noteworthy، Canadian police are questioning the suspected driver of a rented van that ploughed into pedestrians in northern Toronto on Monday، killing 10 and injuring 15، according to BBC.

Alek Minassian، 25، was not previously known to authorities، police said.

The incident appeared to be deliberate but the motive was not clear، officials added.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the "tragic and senseless attack" had brought him "great sadness".

Meanwhile، an officer has been praised for not opening fire during a tense standoff with the suspect، who claimed to be armed.

Video broadcast on CBC News showed a man pointing what appeared to be a gun at officers and shouting "kill me".

The officer tells the man to "get down" and when the suspect says he has a gun، the officer repeats: "I don't care. Get down." The suspect was then arrested without shots being fired.

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