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Video: Prime Minister releases statement on Saturday night attack

Several people were injured, including an officer, on Saturday night in what police are investigating as an act of terrorism.

A rental truck lies on its side in Edmonton, Canada, on October 1, 2017, after a high speed chase. Canadian police arrested a man early Sunday suspected of stabbing an officer and injuring four pedestrians in a series of violent incidents being investigated as an "act of terrorism."

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A rental truck lies on its side in Edmonton, Canada, on October 1, 2017, after a high speed chase. Canadian police arrested a man early Sunday suspected of stabbing an officer and injuring four pedestrians in a series of violent incidents being investigated as an "act of terrorism."

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In a statement issued in response to Saturday night’s terrorist attack in Edmonton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said “we cannot—and will not—let violent extremism take root in our communities.”

“The Government of Canada and Canadians stand with the people of Edmonton after the terrorist attack on Saturday,” the statement read.

“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.”

“Edmonton is a strong and resilient city, and I am confident that its citizens will support one another to overcome this tragic event.”

Trudeau released the statement in response to Saturday nights events, when a man stabbed a police officer several times; the suspect, who was driving a U-Haul, struck the offcer at the barricade, and in the ensuing police chase, injured several pedestrians.

“While the investigation continues, early reports indicate that this is another example of the hate that we must remain ever vigilant against. The RCMP and the Edmonton Police Service, through the Integrated National Enforcement Team, are working closely together to bring those involved to justice,” the statement said.

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