Somali Refugee Accused Of Terrorism Was On A Watch List

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A suspect has been charged in an attack in which an Edmonton officer was stabbed and four people were injured when they were hit by a rental truck fleeing police.

Sharif was charged with five counts of attempted murder, five counts of criminal flight causing bodily harm, risky driving and one count of possession of a weapon for a unsafe goal.

"We think this is an individual who acted alone, although the investigation is in its very beginning", said the chief of police.

A Somali refugee who attacked a policeman with a knife after striking him with his auto and then injured four others in a driving rampage in Edmonton, Alberta was charged with five counts of attempted murder Monday.

Outside the stadium, a police officer with his marked, flashing cruiser was handling crowd control and security when a speeding white Chevy Malibu rammed through a barrier, sending the officer flying five metres through the air.

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

Hours later, the suspect took police on a wild chase through the city's downtown in a rented van as he tried to mow down pedestrians, before the vehicle was knocked over and the driver was apprehended. "It's not critical, " Knecht said of the injuries.

15 local, a man in a auto was forced to a brisk pace, barriers to movement and then struck a police officer in the faction for a sports meeting in Edmonton, capital of the province of Alberta.

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Subsequently, a van was stopped at a checkpoint, and the name of the driver appeared to be similar to the name of the registered owner of the auto that hit the officer.

Of the four pedestrians, two suffered head injuries including a skull fracture.

EPS said a tactical maneuver managed to get the truck to roll, and police arrested the suspect.

In Ottawa, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Sharif crossed legally into Canada in 2012 at a regular border crossing and obtained refugee status at that time. This raised doubts in the mind of the police and the driver sensed trouble.

Of the victims, two are still in hospital, including one in serious condition.

Conservative Pierre Paul-Hus questioned Mr. Goodale in the House of Commons on Monday, saying "Canadians need to know which information the RCMP had on this individual to undertake the investigation".

"No shots were fired".

Though targeted in a probe two years ago for promoting extremist ideology, Sharif was deemed to pose no threat after what the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) described on Sunday as an "exhaustive investigation".

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