The Malibu’s driver then jumped out and attacked the officer with a knife before fleeing on foot. A manhunt was launched and the officer was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Shortly before midnight, a U-Haul truck was pulled over at a drunk-driving checkpoint, where a police officer recognized the name of the driver’s license as similar to that of the Malibu’s registered owner.
The truck immediately sped off toward downtown Edmonton, crowded with revelers and football fans. Pursued by up to 20 police cars in a high-speed chase, the U-Haul’s driver plowed the truck into four pedestrians, and the vehicle then flipped and landed on its side. Police then arrested the driver.
The attacks echoed similar assaults in which vehicles or knives or both were used as deadly weapons in Europe. The Islamic State, which has lost most of its territory in Syria and Iraq in recent months, asserted responsibility for the European assaults.
Mr. Trudeau issued a statement that urged tolerance while pledging that “The Government of Canada and Canadians stand with the people of Edmonton after the terrorist attack on Saturday.”
“We cannot — and will not — let violent extremism take root in our communities,” Mr. Trudeau said. “We know that Canada’s strength comes from our diversity, and we will not be cowed by those who seek to divide us or promote fear.”