Five injured in Canada 'acts of terrorism'

by Antonio Miles October 4, 2017, 0:15
Five injured in Canada 'acts of terrorism'

The EPS and the RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) are now investigating the incidents as an Act of Terrorism.

"A male, believed to be 30 years old, then jumped out of the vehicle and viciously attacked the Edmonton officer with a knife", Knecht continued.

Police said the stabbed officer was manning a traffic checkpoint near 93 Street and 107A Avenue when it happened at around 8.15pm local time.

"The U-Haul truck then immediately fled the scene, and was pursued by police officers toward downtown Edmonton", the police chief said.

The count of terrorism that Edmonton police Chief Rod Knecht said on Sunday was among those Sharif was arrested under is not listed on the court document. The officer was then transported to hospital with various injuries. Four pedestrians were injured; two have been discharged from the hospital, while two are under observation.

Police officer attacked with auto and knife while pedestrians targeted in high-speed chase in western city of Edmonton.

Police say the U-Haul intentionally swerved at pedestrians at crosswalks throughout the chase.

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Police said the arrested individual had been known to authorities.

Canadian police have identified the suspect as an asylum seeker from Somalia, who had already been under investigation before. The impact sent the officer "flying 15 feet through the air", according to a Police statement. Police found a Daesh flag in the vehicle used in the earlier attack.

Trudeau said the attack is an example of "the hate that we must remain ever vigilant against". Officers recognized the driver's name as similar to the Chevrolet's registered owner.

Just before midnight the same evening, a U-Haul truck was pulled over at a checkstop location on Wayne Gretzky Drive and 112 Ave. After police asked for ID, the suspect fled, leading police on a high speed chase downtown. At the time, an investigation was launched, and Sharif and others were questioned by the police.

'To the best of our knowledge, this was a lone wolf attack, ' Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson told reporters on Sunday.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said there is no place for violent extremism in Canada.

"We know that Canada's strength comes from our diversity, and we will not be cowed by those who seek to divide us or promote fear".

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