Police probe Canadian auto attacks, stabbing as 'acts of terrorism'

Police probe Canadian auto attacks, stabbing as 'acts of terrorism'

The suspect accused of stabbing a police officer before crashing a speeding U-Haul van into a crowd of people in Edmonton, Canada, had come to the country from Somalia trying to claim refugee status, police revealed.

"The Edmonton police has arrested and placed in custody a man whom we believe to be responsible for these acts of violence", said Rod Knecht, chief, Edmonton police.

He has also been charged with risky driving, four counts of criminal flight causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for a unsafe goal. "It's a testament to his experience and training that he survived".

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".

Edmonton's refugee and Somali communities are bracing for a backlash in the wake of the attack, and met on Monday to discuss how to move forward, said Ahmed Abdulkadir, executive director of the Ogaden Somali Community of Alberta.

Officers stopped the suspect, now driving a U-Haul truck, hours later at a checkpoint near the stadium. "We can succumb to that or we can rise above it".

"He followed him for a little bit and radioed ahead to let them (police) know what had happened", said Walsh. "The investigation is ongoing, but that conclusion is just not supported by the facts", Goodale told reporters in Ottawa as he headed into a meeting of the Liberal government's cabinet.

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

15 local, a man in a vehicle 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.

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.

The U-Haul then sped off toward downtown and Jasper Avenue, the city's main east-west thoroughfare, with multiple police cars in pursuit.

Austin Elgie, manager of The Pint bar, saw the van zoom by with police giving chase.

The van "peeled" into an alley where people were smoking, he said. Four pedestrians were struck during the chase in what police say appeared to be a deliberate action. "It just came around the corner, ripping. I thought at first he was pulling over for the cops coming by, but he was clearly the one they were chasing". "It's not who we are", Notley said Sunday.

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