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At least 10 people are dead and 16 others are injured after a van plowed through a crowd of pedestrians in Toronto, police announced Monday.

The latest: Police have identified the suspect, who initially fled the scene, as 25-year-old Alek Minassian of Richmond Hill, Ontario. He is currently in police custody.

Details: In a press conference Monday night, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said the investigation is continuing, and offered no details on what the suspect's motive was, but said it "definitely looked deliberate."

  • Saunders added that police are investigating whether Minassian acted alone, and said they haven't determined whether the attack was an act of terrorism.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his condolences shortly after the attack.

This is a developing report.

Correction: This post has been updated to reflect that the suspect has been identified as Alek Minassian. A previous version of this story named him as Alex Minassian.

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