CANADA: Somali Man Arrested in Suspected 'Lone Wolf' Attack
- Author: Ryan Wade Oct 05, 2017,
Oct 05, 2017, 0:27
"Currently, we believe this is an individual who acted alone, although the investigation is in its early stages", said Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht.
At approximately, 8.15pm a man in a speeding white Chevy Malibu crashed through police barricades outside an Edmonton stadium where a Canadian Football League game was being played.
A vehicle and knife attack on a police officer outside a football game and a high-speed chase of a moving van that left four people injured was the work of a Somali refugee who was likely working alone and was known to police for extremist ideology, Canadian authorities said Sunday.
A few hours later, a drink driving check stop north of the city pulled in a rented van and the driver's licence showed the Malibu was his.
Then around 11:33, a U-Haul truck was stopped during a traffic stop, but fled the scene, hitting four pedestrians before the tactical unit conducted a maneuver to put it on its side and the driver was taken into custody.
A policeman in Canada's Edmonton city was rammed by a motorist who then attacked him with a knife on Saturday night while four pedestrians were hit by a van later in a pair of suspected terror attacks, reports said.
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Police released video footage of a 30-year-old suspect ramming a van into a police vehicle - sending Constable Mike Chernyk flying 15ft into the air.
The driver then stabbed the officer several times, before fleeing on foot.
The CBC reported Mr. Sharif worked on a construction crew at one point, and quoted an unnamed former colleague saying Mr. Sharif was sympathetic to the Islamic State, prone to religious rants about "polytheists" and expressed "genocidal beliefs".
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.
In March 2016, a Canadian who said he was acting on orders of Allah attacked two soldiers with a knife at a recruitment centre in Toronto.
Police arrested the suspect after the vehicle flipped over during the pursuit.
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"I am deeply concerned and outraged by this tragedy", he said in a statement. This would make it a lone-wolf attack and the presence of an IS flag in the auto points to links with the terror outfit.
In 2014, Canada was stunned by two deadly attacks that police said were the work of homegrown radicals and led to tougher new anti-terrorism measures. It was insane. It just came around the corner, ripping.
"To the Edmonton community at large, I would like to tell them that we stand together and unite against hate", said Edmonton human rights activist Ahmed Abdikadir.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley called the attacks horrific.
"We can not - and will not - let violent extremism take root in our communities", he said.
"He was breathing and we got him in the ambulance and he was still breathing".
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