Attack "terrorist" in Canada: at least five injured in Edmonton

Robyn Valdez
October 6, 2017

A 30-year-old Somalian refugee has now been charged with five counts of attempted murder in the attack that saw an Edmonton police officer stabbed and four other people hit by a rental truck.

He is now facing five counts of attempted murder, four counts of risky driving causing bodily harm, unsafe operation of a motor vehicle and one weapons-related charge.

The Edmonton Police Service is investigating a vicious attack on a police officer as "acts of terrorism".

Police raised the possibility of terrorism charges on Sunday when revealing that Sharif had been investigated two years earlier for espousing extremist views and was found to have an Islamic State flag in his auto.

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Sharif's bail hearing was delayed until Tuesday but police released a photo of Sharif taken after his capture, showing a young man gazing directly at the camera, a large bruise on his forehead.

At approximately 8:15 p.m. Saturday (0215 GMT Sunday) a man in a speeding white Chevy Malibu crashed through police barricades outside Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium, where a Canadian Football League game was being played. A man then jumped out of the vehicle and began stabbing the officer with a knife.

"He was in a struggle for his life, holding onto his gun with one hand and blocking the knife with his other", Knecht said Sunday.

Chernyk was released from hospital Sunday, as were two of the pedestrians. The attacker came in the auto, rammed into the #police officer and later knifed him.

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Shortly before midnight, a man driving a rented U-Haul van was pulled over at a checkpoint and police recognised the name on the rental documents as similar to those for the vehicle that struck Constable Chernyk. Neither the victims nor the suspect has been publicly identified.

Police said they have been in contact with the RCMP National Security Unit and there has been no change in threat assessment at a national level. One person suffered a fractured skull and was initially in critical condition, but had since been upgraded to stable. Officers smashed through the windshield and tossed in a stun grenade to distract the driver.

Investigators determined at that time that he did not pose a threat. This led to a police pursuit in which four pedestrians were injured before the suspect was apprehended when the truck flipped on its side.

More information is expected at a police news conference scheduled for Monday morning on the terror attacks that hospitalized five people over the weekend.

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"No shots were fired".

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