Linkedin photo of Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old Canadian

Toronto Van Murders suspect Alek Minassian, 25, had been a student with special needs and considered very introverted. Killed 10 people and wounded 14 others.

Little by little, the details emerge about the killings Monday in Toronto, leaving 10 people dead and wounding 14 others.

The first indications are that the reason for this attack in the largest city in Canada, was the Alleged mental disorder suffered by the driver, Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old Canadian. 

Toronto Van Attack Update

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ruled out Tuesday that it was a terrorist act.

“The investigations continue, but it is already quite clear that there is no connection with national security,” Trudeau said at a press conference. He noted that “there is no reason to suspect” terrorist motives but added that “it will take some time” to understand the reasons for the worst mass abuses in the history of the country. In the first moments, it was feared that it could be a terrorist attack given that in recent years jihadist sympathizers have carried the act on passers-by in Western cities.

Trudeau also explained that his government has not raised the anti-terrorist level in Canada or changed the security preparations of the G7 summit held in June in Quebec. 

The prime minister spoke of a “nonsensical” action, promised to see how to avoid such attacks but argued that “we should not start living with fear”. 

“We have to focus on keeping Canadians safe while remaining true to the freedom and values ​​that all Canadians want,” he added. 

“We must remain an open and free country.”

Minassian was arrested shortly after driving a rented van on a sidewalk and overrunning pedestrians in downtown Toronto. 

The authorities believe that it was a deliberate outrage. 

Earlier on Tuesday, the man appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice and was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder, 13 counts of attempted murder.


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