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TORONTO: At least 10 people have died after a man plowed a white rental van into a crowd of pedestrians in Canada’s biggest city Toronto on Monday.

The incident took place in broad daylight around 16 kilometers (10 miles) from a conference center hosting a meeting of G7 ministers, but officials said they had no evidence of a link to the event.

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“The actions definitely looked deliberate,” Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told journalists.

Ralph Goodale, the minister of public security, added that “on the basis of all available information at the present time, there would appear to be no national security connection to this particular incident.”

“Horrible day in Toronto,” he had posted earlier on Twitter. “Senseless violence takes a heavy toll.”

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