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Ten dead after driver of rental van hits pedestrians in Toronto Ten dead after driver of rental van hits pedestrians in Toronto
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The suspect was named by police as Alek Minassian, 25, who was not previously known to authorities The suspect was named by police as Alek Minassian, 25, who was not previously known to authorities
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<strong>Ten people are dead after the driver of a<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-van/driver-kills-10-injures-15-plowing-van-into-toronto-sidewalk-crowd-idUSKBN1HU2IY"> rental van drove into a crowd of people</a> in Toronto on Monday.</strong> <strong>Ten people are dead after the driver of a<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-van/driver-kills-10-injures-15-plowing-van-into-toronto-sidewalk-crowd-idUSKBN1HU2IY"> rental van drove into a crowd of people</a> in Toronto on Monday.</strong>
The suspect was <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43875321">named by police</a> as Alek Minassian, 25, who was not previously known to authorities. The suspect was <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43875321">named by police</a> as Alek Minassian, 25, who was not previously known to authorities.
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Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said police quickly arrested Minassian and did not know his motives. A further 15 people were injured along a roughly mile-long (1.6-km) stretch of sidewalk. Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said police quickly arrested Minassian and did not know his motives. A further 15 people were injured along a roughly mile-long (1.6-km) stretch of sidewalk.
Saunders said at a <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/04/24/world/ap-cn-canada-van-hits-pedestrians-.html">press conference</a> (<em>New York Times</em>, may be behind paywall) that "the incident definitely looked deliberate." A hotline has been set up for victims' families and for witnesses. Saunders said at a <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/04/24/world/ap-cn-canada-van-hits-pedestrians-.html">press conference</a> (<em>New York Times</em>, may be behind paywall) that "the incident definitely looked deliberate." A hotline has been set up for victims' families and for witnesses.
Minassian is currently being <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43875321">questioned</a> by Toronto Police, and is due to appear in court at 10.00am (local time) on Tuesday.  
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau <a href="https://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2018/04/23/statement-prime-minister-fatal-van-attack-toronto">said</a> the "tragic and senseless attack" had brought him "great sadness." Prime Minister Justin Trudeau <a href="https://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2018/04/23/statement-prime-minister-fatal-van-attack-toronto">said</a> the "tragic and senseless attack" had brought him "great sadness."
"On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed, and my thoughts for a fast and full recovery to those injured," he said. "On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed, and my thoughts for a fast and full recovery to those injured," he said.
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  Minassian <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43883052">appeared in court on Tuesday</a> on 10 counts of murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.
  Facebook posts of his prior to the attack appear to praise killer <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Isla_Vista_killings">Elliot Rodger</a> and refer to the<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/nov/08/reddit-incel-involuntary-celibate-men-ban"> banned misogynistic "incel" Reddit group</a> (<em>Guardian</em>).
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