Edmonton Terrorist Is a Somali Refugee

Posted October 06, 2017

An attack on a police officer outside a football game and a high-speed chase that injured four people in the western city of Edmonton are being investigated as acts of terrorism, Canadian police said on Sunday.

He has also been charged with risky driving, four counts of criminal flight causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for a unsafe goal.

According to Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht, both the incidents are interlinked and are under investigation as acts of terrorism.

Thirty-year-old Abdulahi Hassan Sharif, an Edmonton resident, faces multiple charges including five counts of attempted murder and will appear in court Tuesday morning.

Edmonton police have said they believe the suspect acted alone and without conspirators during the series of attacks, which began around 8:15 on Saturday night.

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According to police, a police officer controlling traffic at a Canadian Football League game was struck by a auto at high speed and then attacked with a knife multiple times by the driver who then fled abandoning the vehicle.

The driver then stabbed the officer several times, before fleeing on foot.

Four pedestrians were also injured when they were run struck by a U-Haul van in downtown Edmonton. "It's not critical, " Knecht said of the injuries. "We continue to collect and gather information related to this investigation ... if additional charges are supported, they will be pursued at that time".

Officers stopped the suspect, now driving a U-Haul truck, hours later at a checkpoint near the stadium.

Conservative Pierre Paul-Hus questioned Mr. Goodale in the House of Commons on Monday, saying "Canadians need to know which information the RCMP had on this individual to undertake the investigation".

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Of the four pedestrians, two suffered head injuries including a skull fracture.

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 30, is accused of running down a police officer with his vehicle in Edmonton, Alberta, and then stabbing him repeatedly. Officers smashed through the windshield and tossed in a stun grenade to distract the driver.

Knecht said the suspect drove in the opposite lane, nearly T-boned a vehicle and purposely drove into pedestrians, injuring four.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said it would be wrong to blame the attack on any alleged shortcomings or failures in Canada's immigration and refugee vetting system.

Of the victims, two are still in hospital, including one in serious condition.

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Degrand said files on the suspect were kept and shared with other intelligence and police agencies after 2015, but that was as much as the law would allow.