Toronto van attack: 10 people dead and several injured

April 24, 2018 | Brainwave Science

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Ten people are dead and at least 15 were injured after a rental van mowed down pedestrians in north Toronto on Monday. The van drove south on Yonge Street from Finch Avenue for 2.2 kilometers, leaving a wake of destruction behind it before coming to a stop.

Around 1:30 p.m. Monday, a white van, which had a Ryder Truck Rental and Leasing logo on its side, mounted the sidewalk at the busy intersection of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue and struck a number of people. From there, the van proceeded southbound on Yonge for several blocks toward Sheppard Avenue. Over less than 25 minutes, the van mowed people down in what Toronto’s police chief described as a “deliberate” killing rampage. The van made it roughly 2.2 km before being stopped on the sidewalk near Poyntz Avenue with severe front-end damage.

Toronto police arrested the suspect about 25 minutes after the first police call was made. Once the vehicle stopped, the driver got out and pointed something black at a police officer, pointing it like a handgun and daring the officer to kill him, according to witnesses and videos posted to Twitter. The officer ignored him, advancing slowly toward the suspect, who dropped the object he was holding. No shots were fired in the encounter.

The “horrific and deliberate attack” has left Toronto in mourning, Toronto’s mayor, John Tory, said on Tuesday. It took place around lunchtime on Monday, as crowds were out basking in the sun of one of the first warm days of the year.


With the rise of terrorist attacks in the last year, not only in Canada but also throughout the world, law enforcement is faced with the necessity of a strategy change. The increasingly sophisticated methods of perpetration are outpacing the technical solutions to fight it, making it harder for authorities to distinguish between terrorists and innocents before the terrorists strike. iCognative provides a scientific solution to this fundamental problem in counterterrorism.

With the large terrorist and crime wave on the rise, authorities can’t keep up. Criminals and terrorists are inventive; they constantly find new solutions to perpetrate their harmful actions. Even more so, the current means of communications and technologies facilitate this. Just think about the power of Social Media – these days, terrorists can recruit believers online. It is that easy, unfortunately.

In addition, the existing investigative methods are outpaced, time consuming and expensive. The problem is that they don’t always seem to be effective. Take, for example, a DNA test – would you be able to use if there was no DNA at the crime scene? Unfortunately, no. In equal measure, the polygraph test can only detect a lie. And even in this case, there are numerous examples where criminals managed to pass by it, even though they were guilty.

For the Toronto police, this investigation can mean a lot of time and money invested in resources to see if there is anyone else connected to this criminal act.

So what is the right solution to make their mission more easy and efficient in these conditions?


iCognative by Brainwave Science provides an objective, scientific technology to distinguish between terrorists and innocents by detecting the information stored in a terrorist’s brain. In most cases when a terrorism suspect is detained for questioning, he/she is professionally trained to conceal critical information affiliated with his/her networks. It is very costly and time inefficient for investigators to pursue one lead and many times, leads are dropped due to the lack of evidence. In cases of frequent attacks like the ones in Canada, counterterrorism agencies need an efficient solution with a fast response time.

In the Toronto van attack, iCognative can prove to be essential in taking down the entire criminal network and finding out more about their plans or who is part of it. The technology can distinguish between suspects and innocents, by detecting information present in the brain. By building a test setup, the arrested suspect can be can be tested. Alek Minassian, 25, from Richmond Hill, near Toronto, showed little emotion during a brief court appearance on Tuesday. He is our suspect. Any person relevant to the case also can be tested to identify their connection to a crime.

Yonge and Finch is now the site of a huge forensic investigation over a dozen blocks. Toronto police are appealing for people who witnessed the attack to call its investigative hotline and provide any information that could help catch the mastermind behind this horrific act if any. The iCognative test setup only takes about 15 minutes to be built. Any confidential information only known to the perpetrators will be used as input to the system in the form of text or pictures whichever is available to conduct the test on all arrested suspects. In this specific case, according to the media, there are a series of information that can be input into the system as stimuli: for example an image of the specific van, time and date of the attack, Yonge Street, the gun he pulled out confronting the police and any other relevant significant information to perpetrator that will be collected during this crime scene investigation.

During the iCognative test, all these stimuli selected will be displayed on a computer screen to the suspect, while collecting brain responses to each stimulus. The brain releases a tiny positive potential released by perpetrator brain for every significant information involved in attack(voltage) and if this potential is captured and analyzed, then the result clearly shows that particular specific information is stored in perpetrator/s’s brain. Once the test is concluded, the system will analyze all brain responses to the stimuli and the proprietary algorithm will determine with proven 99.9% accuracy if the information is either absent or present in the brains of the suspects, in only a few seconds.

This is an invaluable security solution that can aid Toronto authorities in gaining more and more leads on the network. Further, they will be able to take action and also save resources and time.

iCognative, by design, emphasizes the importance of threat prevention, threat detection, and threat deterrence. The adoption of this technology by national authorities can lead to increasing results in the fight against terrorism in Canada and throughout the globe and all the adjacent problems it brings with it.


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