Somali-born refugee charged in Canada 'terror' attack

April FrancisOct 05, 2017

"A male, believed to be 30 years of age, then jumped out of his vehicle and began viciously stabbing the officer with a knife, as a struggle ensued", the police statement said.

A suspect has been charged in an attack in which an Edmonton officer was stabbed and four people were injured when they were hit by a rental truck fleeing police.

"We believe that this individual acted alone", Chief Knecht added at a press conference held early on Sunday.

The attacks in Edmonton started outside a football game on Saturday night, when a police officer was struck by a vehicle and then stabbed several times.

A few hours later, a drink driving check stop north of the city pulled in a rented van and the driver's licence showed the Malibu was his. They recognized that the driver's name was the same as or similar to the name under which the Malibu was registered.

He said the truck "deliberately attempted to hit pedestrians" during the police chase, media reported.

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

A little before midnight, identified at a roadblock, the suspect managed to escape aboard a van that he then screened on pedestrians in two different locations, according to the narrative of the police.

"The driver was apprehended and taken into police custody", Knecht said.

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Although police have described the incident as a suspected terrorist act, terrorism charges have not been laid. While the two fought on the ground, Shaiff repeatedly stabbed Chernyk with what might have been a Bowie knife and then ran away from the scene on foot.

Several Canadians have joined the ranks of Islamic State over the past five years, and others have been intercepted and jailed on terrorism charges under a law made tougher after the attack in Ottawa.

Elgie said the van hit a man who was a bar customer.

Police arrested the suspect after the vehicle flipped over during the pursuit.

Police chased down the attacker as he drove through the packed out streets in downtown Edmonton.

"There were like 10 cop cars following him ..." "These incidents are being investigated as acts of terrorism". It was insane. It just came around the corner, ripping. "If you've got 20 cops chasing one guy and there's pedestrians that are walking down this road?"

"We can not - and will not - let violent extremism take root in our communities".

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said on Twitter that her thoughts are with the injured officer and she's hoping for a speedy recovery.

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