Toronto police are looking into whether a double stabbing at a military recruitment centre could be linked to terrorist activity.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders speaks to the media in Toronto on March 14, 2016. (Photo: Victor Biro/CP)
Police Chief Mark Saunders says a man walked into the centre (near Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue) around 3:30 p.m. Monday, pulled out a knife and attacked a uniformed Canadian Forces member.
Saunders says others were able to take down the suspect but a second Canadian Forces member was stabbed in the process. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Update: report that 6-8 males are holding the person w/ the knife down. 1 person was injured.^adc— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) March 14, 2016
“We’re very fortune that the Canadian Forces, through their training, responded, reacted, and as a result I can tell you the chances of this being much more severe, much more serious, definitely would have occurred,” Saunders said, according to Global News.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders speaks to the media on March 14, 2016. (Photo: Victor Biro/CP)
He says the suspect made unspecified comments that "caused some concern" and led police to look into a possible terror connection.
"I want a full understanding of what was said, so I'm not giving bits and pieces," said Toronto's police chief.
RCMP and CSIS have also been contacted.
Saunders says charges against the 27-year-old are pending.
Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan tweeted Monday evening, expressing support for Canadian Forces members involved in the incident.
My thoughts are with the @CanadianForces members injured today in Toronto. and with those who responded bravely in the face of danger.— Harjit Sajjan (@HarjitSajjan) March 15, 2016
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale also released a statement:
Statement on the incident in Toronto pic.twitter.com/3q8srgLXas— Ralph Goodale (@RalphGoodale) March 15, 2016
With files from The Huffington Post Canada