Arrest after double stabbing at Canadian military office in Toronto

Police say terrorism being considered as possible motive after man walked into recruitment centre and attacked two Canadian Forces members

Two members of Canadas military were stabbed by a man who drew a knife in a recruitment centre, police have said.

Chief Mark Saunders of Toronto police said a man walked into the centre in the citys north around 3.30pm on Monday, pulled out a knife and attacked a uniformed Canadian Forces member at the front desk.

Saunders said others were able to tackle the suspect but a second Canadian Forces member was stabbed in the process. The injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

He said the suspect made unspecified comments that led police to look into a possible terror connection.

Certain comments were made by this gentleman while he was held in custody before the police arrived which has caused some concern. This has caused us to look at the motive beyond the attack, Saunders said.

Canadas intelligence service was investigating alongside the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Saunders said charges against the 27-year-old man were pending and the incident could have been worse.

Were very fortunate that the Canadian Forces, through their training, responded and as a result had they not reacted it would have been much more serious, he said.

RCMP spokesman Harold Pfleiderer said: The information we have at this point leads us to believe this is an isolated incident and we wish to reassure the public that there is no imminent threat to public safety at this time.

Canadas defence minister, Harjit Sajjan, said his thoughts were with the injured soldiers and with those who responded bravely in the face of danger.

In 2014 a gunman killed a Canadian soldier at the war memorial in the capital, Ottawa, and then stormed parliament before being shot dead. The man had taken issue with Canadas involvement in war in Afghanistan and against Islamic State.

That attack came two days after a man described as an Isis-inspired terrorist ran over two soldiers in a parking lot in Quebec, killing one and injuring the other before being shot to death by police. The man had been under surveillance by Canadian authorities, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and had seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey.

Canadas new Liberal government has ended airstrikes against the Islamic State group but has tripled the number of soldiers who train Kurdish soldiers in northern Iraq.

With the Associated Press

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