Possible Terror Attack in Toronto

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Threat of vehicle ramming attack near CN Tower prompted increase in police presence: source

U Haul issued an internal memo yesterday of an “OPP Counterterrorism Request.” Now U-Haul is forced to vet for terror.

Police in the Greater Toronto Area have increased the number of officers at key tourist locations, such as the CN Tower and Canada’s Wonderland, after receiving information that authorities deemed as a potential risk to public safety.

Exclusive: Toronto Heightens Security Over Potential Rental Van Terror Attack

Potential Toronto Terrorist Attack

The Premier’s Office was notified of the situation and issued the following statement:

EXCLUSIVE: The Post Millennial has just received an exclusive leak from an anonymous source that U Haul issued an internal memo yesterday of an “OPP Counterterrorism Request”. The memo cites “very limited” information but makes mention of a “tip regarding an upcoming attack using a rental vehicle in the next couple of days in Toronto”.

By Cosmin Dzsurdzsa, July 12, 2018:

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The Post Millennial does have the full memo in our possession.

In the memo, the OPP asks employees to be “increasingly vigilant over the next few days to any suspicious rental activity in Ontario, especially in the GTA.”

Toronto Police Statement

Toronto Police gave a media statement at 11:30 AM, which did not provide any new information. The official did, however, advise the public to remain calm and continue on with their day as normal.

Toronto Police Respond

At around 9:00 AM this morning the Toronto Police twitter account issued the following statement:

Toronto police respond to increased levels of terrorism and crime in the GTA

CBC reporters and the public have spotted an increased presence of police around the CN Tower and the Rogers Center areas. Citizens are being told to keep an eye out and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement.

Doug Ford responds to potential Toronto terrorist attack

Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale said Federal agencies have been notified but as of yet the RCMP is not involved in the investigation.

Update: The following screenshot is also now making headways online highlighting the police mission in the downtown area.

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Threat of vehicle ramming attack near CN Tower prompted increase in police presence: source

Global News, July 12, 2018:

The threat of a potential vehicle ramming attack in the area of the CN Tower prompted police to increase their presence at a number of tourist locations across the Greater Toronto Area, according to a Toronto police document obtained by Global News.

The document states that Toronto police received “credible information” about a potential attack on Wednesday to be carried out the following day.

The police memo said it “has not received any information regarding a specific criminal extremist threat to the City of Toronto.”

It further stated that “a heightened vigilance in these areas for suspicious behaviour, including pre-incident indicators, may deter criminal and extremist activity.”

Ten people were killed in April following a van attack on Yonge Street in the city’s north end. A 25-year-old man from Richmond Hill, Ont., faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in the incident.

Toronto police said in a news conference Thursday morning that they received information that authorities deemed as a potential risk to public safety but did not provided further details.

“We’re not going to comment on anything to do with the information received other than to say that it is information that causes us to determine a potential risk to public safety,” Insp. Michael Barsky told reporters during a news conference outside the CN Tower on Thursday.

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In a tweet posted Thursday morning, Toronto police said they received an “unconfirmed, uncorroborated piece of information.”

“I’m not going to comment on anything in relation to the information,” Barsky said.

“We commonly get this type of event where we enhance our police presence and today is not uniquely different.”

The CN Tower was seen Thursday with multiple cruisers surrounding the structure and adjacent streets.

VIDEO: Toronto Police won’t divulge source of information about possible public safety risk

A statement released by CN Tower officials said they were made aware of the unconfirmed information by police and are cooperating with authorities to ensure employees and guests are safe.

“Yes, we have been made aware by Toronto Police Services that they are responding to an ‘unconfirmed, uncorroborated piece of information’ relating to the GTA,” CN Tower director of sales, marketing and communications, Joanne Pawlicki, said.

“As a result, they will be deploying an increased number of police officers across the city, particularly downtown, and are closely monitoring the situation.”

VIDEO: Police beef up security around CN Tower

Authorities said the increased police presence should not deter people from enjoying the venues.

“We encourage everyone to come and enjoy all the venues that they would normally enjoy, down in this area and throughout the city,” Barsky said.

READ MORE: Concrete barriers set up at Toronto’s Union Station following van attack on Yonge Street

The Rogers Centre, which is situated next to the CN Tower, is expected to be packed Thursday evening due to the Foo Fighters concert.

Canada’s Wonderland, an amusement park in Vaughan, Ont., just northwest of Toronto, was also surrounded with an enhanced police presence.

“In conjunction with York Region Police, we are aware of unspecified and uncorroborated information regarding venues in the GTA,” Canada’s Wonderland director of communications, Grace Peacock, said in a statement.

“Canada’s Wonderland officials are working with York Region Police and continue to take their guidance on this matter. I can confirm York Region Police are onsite, but the park is still open to guests.”

York Regional Police said community members should be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

“Public safety is our primary concern and we are working closely with our emergency service partners across the GTA as we investigate and respond to the information we have received,” York police said in a statement.

“We will be keeping the community informed through our website at yrp.ca and through our social media accounts.”

READ MORE: ‘Vehicular attacks’ a trend, Canadian intelligence report says

The Ontario premier’s office said in a statement that they are aware of the “potential threat” and are monitoring the situation closely.

“While the information is unsubstantiated, the Premier has been briefed by the Provincial Security Advisor and is actively monitoring the situation,” the statement read.

“Our officials remain in close contact with federal and municipal security partners.”

VIDEO: Toronto Police focused on ‘downtown core’ with increased officer presence

The federal government’s Ministry of Public Safety told Global News they are also monitoring the situation but as for now, it is a matter for local police.

A statement from both the RCMP and the Canadian military said they have been made aware of the situation in Toronto but are not actively involved in the operation.

“The RCMP works closely with municipal and provincial police partners and will assist as required,” RCMP Sgt. Penny Hermann said. “We have no further comment at this time as matter is under investigation by local police.”

VIDEO: Heavy police presence at Canada’s Wonderland

 

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