June 24, 2010 / 6:04 PM / in 7 years

Canada police halt suspicious car near G20 summit site

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police said on Thursday they had pulled over a car containing “dangerous materials” near the site where an international summit will be held in Toronto this weekend.

<p>Police inspect the vehicle of a 53-year-old man arrested after he allegedly tried to drive his car containing weapons and possible dangerous material close to the G20 summit area in downtown Toronto, June 24, 2010. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi</p>

Toronto police chief Bill Blair told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that there had been sticks -- possibly ax handles -- and gasoline in the car. The driver was arrested.

“It’s an important issue not to bring any dangerous materials into any demonstration situation,” Blair said, adding it was possible the driver was not connected in any way to the summits or planned protests in Toronto.

Earlier, AFP said police had found five gas canisters, a chain saw and a homemade crossbow in the car.

Canada is hosting two international summits this week. On Friday and Saturday, leaders from the Group of Eight industrialized nations will meet in Huntsville, Ontario, about two hours’ drive north of Toronto. The Group of 20 nations will then gather in Toronto on Saturday and Sunday.

Reporting by Pav Jordan and David Ljunggren; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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