Toronto van attack suspect charged with 10 counts of murder

Toronto – The driver suspected of killing 10 people and injuring 15 others when he ploughed a rental van into pedestrians in Toronto made his first court appearance on Tuesday, where details of a motive for the attack were expected to emerge.

Officials said the worst mass killing in decades in Canada did not represent a threat to national security.  The hallmarks deadly vehicle assaults by Islamic State supporters is a mark that has terrorized the United States and Europe.

Suspect Alek Minassian, 25, entered a Toronto courtroom on Tuesday morning. His head was shaved and as he looked down as prosecutors announced his being charged him with 10 counts of first-degree murder.

The proceedings began after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the media outside of parliament in Ottawa about the attack, he called on all Canadians to stand united with Toronto.

Trudeau said, “We cannot as Canadians choose to live in fear every single day as we go about our daily business. We need to focus on doing what we can and we must to keep Canadians safe while we stay true to the freedoms and values that we all as Canadians hold dear,” Trudeau said.

The prime minister said that it could take time before the motives of the attacker were understood, the incident had not changed the country’s threat level or security preparations for a G7 summit in Quebec in June.

Photo Credit- iOL/Picture: Xinhua/Zou Zheng

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