Abdulahi Hasan Sharif Identified As Edmonton Attack Suspect By Police Sources

Officer stabbed, pedestrians hit in Canada in suspected 'acts of terrorism'
Man with Islamic State flag plows car, U-Haul van into Canadian cop and pedestrians during rampage
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06 October, 2017

Along with the attempted murder charges, Sharif is also charged with risky driving, criminal flight causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for a unsafe objective.

"At the end of that exhaustive investigation, there was insufficient evidence to pursue terrorism charges or a peace bond", Degrand said at an Edmonton news conference on Sunday.

The terrorist has now been identified as Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a Somali national who was granted refugee status in Canada.

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.

Edmonton Police Service Chief Rod Knecht said the officer and his vehicle were rammed by a white Chevrolet Malibu at about 8.15 local time (4.15 GMT) outside Alberta's Commonwealth Stadium.

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.

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 30, is accused of running down a police officer with his vehicle in Edmonton, Alberta, and then stabbing him repeatedly.

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The crime spree began Saturday evening outside a football stadium in the western city of Edmonton and ended hours later when the suspect's U-Haul rental truck flipped onto its side with police in hot pursuit. "It's not critical, " Knecht said of the injuries.

Knecht said Chernyk has since been released from hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. Two suffered head injuries including a skull fracture.

RCMP assistant commissioner Marlin Degrand said Sunday the suspect was checked thoroughly in 2015 after police received a report that he may have been radicalized.

Late on Saturday, a auto crashed into a police barricade near Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, after which the driver approached a policeman and stabbed him several times. "The suspect was actually not deemed at that time to pose a threat to the security of Canada".

The driver was later stopped at a checkpoint driving a U-Haul truck before taking off.

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

When Abdulahi Hasan Sharif was flagged as a potential terrorist threat two years ago, police in Alberta complained they were overwhelmed with Islamic State-inspired suspects. They then used a stun gun on the driver and took him into custody.


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