Attempted murder charges against suspect in Edmonton attack

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

RCMP assistant commissioner Marlin Degrand said the suspect, 30, was checked thoroughly in 2015 and deemed at that time to not pose a threat. "We continue to collect and gather information". "As we gather more information in evidence that will obviously be reassessed and if warranted, further charges will be pursued".

Sharif has been remanded, and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning.

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a 30-year-old refugee from Somalia, is scheduled to appear in an Edmonton court on Tuesday morning where he will be formally charged with 11 counts including attempted murder, risky driving, flight causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for unsafe purposes.

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

A flag of the Islamic State militant group was found inside the Malibu, said Rod Knecht, police chief of Edmonton, Alberta's provincial capital.

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.

The driver got out, pulled out a large knife and began stabbing the officer.

Constable Mike Chernyk, who was hit by a vehicle and stabbed repeatedly, emerged with remarkably few injuries, and was released from hospital early Sunday. The driver sped away after the officers noticed the name on the licence was similar to the name broadcast, sparking a high-speed police chase.




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

Police said it appeared the U-Haul attempted to hit pedestrians as it drove along Jasper Avenue downtown.

The truck then immediately fled the scene and police gave chase. Police used a flashbang to distract the driver.

Five people, including a uniformed police officer, were injured in the Saturday night incident.

"He was stabbed several times and he was able to fend off the attacker even after getting thrown through the air after being struck by the vehicle", said Det. "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", he said.

"If there are gaps in the system that allowed this to happen, what are we going to do to fix those?" "I'm shocked - I just see people flying". Two had been released from hospital as of Sunday afternoon.

In Regina, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale was asked if the suspect had been known to Canada's spy agency.

The suspect then fled on foot and the police officer was rushed to a hospital.

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