Toronto Attack Suspect Formally Charged

Alek Minassian charged with 10 counts of murder

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Toronto, ON (WBEN/AP) - The man allegedly behind Monday's van attack that killed 10 and seriously wounded several others has been formally charged in a Toronto courtroom.

Alek Minassian, age 25, has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts attempted murder. 

Minassian showed little emotion during his brief court appearance. He did not enter a plea to the charges and was ordered to return to court on May 10.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says authorities see no national security element in the seeming attack on pedestrians in Canada's largest city.
   
Trudeau says the incident "hasn't changed the overall threat level in Canada," though it occurred as Cabinet ministers from the G7 nations are meeting in Toronto, and that Canada will do whatever it can to keep its citizens safe, while staying true to its values.
   
Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, he said, "We cannot as Canadians choose to live in fear every single day as we go about our daily business."
   
Police are trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk in Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what many said seemed a deliberate attack.

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