TORONTO, April 24, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Policemen investigate at the site where a van struck pedestrians in Toronto, Canada, April 23, 2018. At least nine people were killed and 16 others injured after a van plowed into pedestrians.

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Driver In Toronto Van Attack Charged With 10 Counts Of Murder

April 24, 2018 - 12:00 pm
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TORONTO (1010 WINS/AP) --  A judge in Canada has ordered the 25-year-old man suspected of plowing a van into pedestrians in north Toronto on Monday detained on 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 of attempted murder.
 
Suspect Alek Minassian learned of the charges in a brief initial hearing before a judge in Toronto on Tuesday. 
 
Minassian wore a white jail jumpsuit and had his hands handcuffed. He showed little emotion. 
 
He was asked to say his name and if he understood an order not to have any contact with anyone injured in Monday's crash scene on a busy sidewalk.
 
He did not enter a plea to the charges and was ordered to return to court on May 10. 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has addressed his nation in the wake of the attack that killed 10 people and injured 15 others in Toronto.

"The entire community of Toronto has shown strength and determination in the face of this tragedy. All Canadians stand united with Toronto today," he said.

The attack may not be labeled terrorism, but for those who were there it was terrifying.

One woman recalled being saved in the nick of time by a friend.

"She literally grabbed me on my scarf and she's like watch out," she said.

She was safe, but saw what happened next.

"The next thing is him accelerating at a very high speed and hitting an oldlady, and she ended up on the hood of his car and then flopped to the ground," she said.

There is still no known motive for the attack, but CNN reports that investigators have identified a Facebook account they believe belongs to the suspect.

CNN reported that a post made on the page Monday read: "All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!" It's an apparent reference to Elliot Rodger who killed 6 people in an attack near UC Santa Barbara in 2014.