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Goodale asked why Toronto van attack not dubbed terrorism

2018-04-25 13:27
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says it’s up to investigating agencies to characterize Monday’s deadly van attack in Toronto, but he reiterated Tuesday that there is currently no “known national security connection.” (April 24, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Ralph Goodale, public safety minister PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press STROYLINE: The shock of a horrific van attack that left 10 people dead sent Canada's most populous city into mourning on Tuesday, as residents and officials alike tried to come to terms with the tragedy. A makeshift memorial at the scene of the incident continued to grow as investigators nearby blanketed a desolate stretch of once-busy Yonge Street where a van had mounted a sidewalk and rammed into pedestrians a day earlier. Fourteen people were also injured in the incident. Alek Minassian, the man accused in the rampage, was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder Tuesday morning. Police said an additional attempted murder charge would be laid against the 25-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., by day's end. None of those slain in the attack were identified by authorities, but other sources indicated the dead included a woman with a love of volunteering, a college student, and citizens of both South Korea and Jordan. Police also said those killed and injured were "predominantly women," but didn't offer further details.