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Province, RCMP, EPS working to 'investigate and prosecute' perpetrator of terrorist attack: Notley

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said she will speak with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today about the terrorist attack that unfolded in downtown Edmonton last night, injuring five

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks to reporters in this file photo from January 2017.

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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks to reporters in this file photo from January 2017.

Premier Rachel Notley said she will speak with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today about the terrorist attack that unfolded in downtown Edmonton last night.

Notley told the media on Sunday she is shocked and angered by the 'indiscriminate cruelty' of the attack, which left at least five people injured, including one police officer who was stabbed multiple times by the unnamed suspect.

Edmonton Police Service (EPS) members took the man, believed to be in his 30s, into custody after the cube van he was driving – which appeared to intentionally try to strike pedestrians on Jasper Avenue during a high-speed police chase – flipped over.

Earlier in the evening, while a CFL game was going on at Commonwealth Staduim, the same man is alledged to have struck an EPS officer with a white Chevrolet Malibu before attacking him.

The officer is recovering from his injuries in hospital, according to EPS.

“The horrific events last night in downtown Edmonton have left us shocked and angry ... that someone might target their hatred at places where we gather with our families and friends," Notley told reporters.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured and their loved ones and with everyone who witnessed last night's violence."

Notley said she has already spoken with Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, RCMP investigators, EPS Chief Rod Knecht and Muslim community leaders.

She added she will speak with the prime minister 'shortly' by phone and said provincial officials are working with EPS and the RCMP to investigate and prosecute the person or persons responsible.

"Our police officers and public safety officials remain vigilant as the investigation proceeds," Notley said. "We will do everything possible to stop (terrorism) in its tracks in our home."

She further condemned the attack by emphasizing hate has no place in Alberta.

"It’s not who we are. We are in this together and together we are stronger than any form of hate," Notley said. "Freedom and liberty are core to who we are as Albertans ... extremism in all its forms, in all its settings, must be rooted out."

She also thanked first responders and bystanders who dropped everything to help their fellow Albertans.

“Our first responders are incredible people," Notley said. “As we learn more about what happened last night, I encourage everyone to remain vigilant and to listen to law enforcement authorities."

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