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Canada police probe car and knife attack as terrorism

06 October 2017

Sharif is scheduled to appear in provincial court for a bail hearing on the sworn charges on Tuesday morning.

Documents show Abdulahi Sharif, 30, is facing a total of eleven charges: five counts of attempted murder, four counts of risky driving causing bodily harm while fleeing police, and one charge each of unsafe driving, and possession of a weapon.

According to the Canadian Press, Sharif is a Somali refugee who was once investigated for allegedly espousing extremism.

Around 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, Const. Mike Chernyk was working on traffic duty southwest of Commonwealth Stadium during the Edmonton Eskimos football game when a Chervolet Malibu rammed through the barricade and slammed into Chernyk.

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.

After Chernyk managed to fight him off, the suspect drove off.

Chernyk was released from hospital Sunday, as were two of the pedestrians. They recognized that the driver's name was the same as or similar to the name under which the Malibu was registered.

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

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The driver then sped off into downtown Edmonton, eventually driving into a crowd of pedestrians on the city's busiest strip, injuring four. The chase continued until police forced the truck to crash on its side. This raised doubts in the mind of the police and the driver sensed trouble.

After an attack in Edmonton, Regina police and the Saskatchewan RCMP are telling the public there are no known threats made by individuals in the province.

"It is believed at this time that these two incidents are related, " Knecht said.

"The constable is doing surprisingly well and is receiving support from the Edmonton Police Service and his family", he said.

"Did we have a clue that this event was going to happen?"

Two of the four people injured on Saturday remained in hospital, with one listed in serious condition, RCMP Superintendent Stacey Talbot told a news conference. A spokesman for the Public Safety Department has indicated that the national terrorism threat level for Canada has not changed since 2014 and remains at "medium". Four pedestrians were struck during the chase in what police say appeared to be a deliberate action.

Investigators determined at that time that he did not pose a threat.

Canada police probe car and knife attack as terrorism