Man stabs 2 members of Canadian Armed Forces at Toronto recruiting center

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TORONTO —  A man stabbed two members of the Canadian Armed Forces at a military recruiting center in Toronto on Monday, police said.

The two victims sustained injuries that were not life-threatening, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters.

Authorities have not released the identity of the 27-year-old suspect. But comments he allegedly made before police arrived at the scene have sparked concern, Saunders told reporters.

“This has caused us to look a little bit better at the motive behind this attack,” he said.

Asked whether the attack could be tied to terrorist activity, the police chief said authorities are still investigating.

“That is one of the angles that we are strongly looking at,” he said. “We don’t have a clear understanding of what the motivation is.”

The “unprovoked attack,” Saunders said, began around 3:30 p.m. Monday when a man walked into the recruiting center, pulled out a knife and stabbed a person behind the counter who was in full uniform.

The man then walked toward the rear of the center, where other employees in uniform were. Another man was stabbed as the troops subdued the suspect, according to the police chief.

Saunders declined to comment on what the suspect said.

“Tomorrow I’ll have a better understanding of exactly what was said and a much bigger picture of what this whole thing was caused by,” he said.

In 2014, a Canadian soldier was gunned down while standing guard at a war memorial in the country’s capital.

Officials alleged that the gunman in that attack, who was killed when he stormed into Parliament shortly afterward, had jihadist ties.

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