Suspect in Canada terror attack is Somali refugee, police say

Posted October 06, 2017

Canadian police said they were investigating violent attacks in Edmonton on Saturday night as "acts of terrorism" after a man hit a police officer with a auto and stabbed him and then later struck four pedestrians while driving a second vehicle.

I have written that the president's travel ban doesn't go far enough to do much good, but this is one example of a terrorist attack that the travel ban, if in effect when the terrorist sought to enter the US, would prevent.

And at that time, Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said publicly his force was struggling to keep up with the number of terrorism suspects in Edmonton.

It started when a police officer handling crowd control at a football game was hit by a speeding auto that rammed through a barrier and sent him flying five metres through the air.

The driver then got out of the vehicle and stabbed the officer multiple times before fleeing, according to police accounts and surveillance footage.

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. Knecht said the truck deliberately hit four pedestrians.

He has since been released from hospital and is recovering from stab wounds to the face and head.

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While police officials did not name the suspect at a Sunday news conference, RCMP and the Public Safety Minister's office said the man is a refugee from Somali.

Sharif was accused of stabbing 48-year-old Constable Mike Chernyk, after Sharif ran into the police officer with his Chevy Malibu vehicle.

Shortly before midnight, a man driving a rented U-Haul van was pulled over at a checkpoint and police recognised the name on the rental documents as similar to those for the auto that struck Constable Chernyk.

Knecht said one person is in custody and police believe he acted alone but are not ruling out others may be involved.

Knecht said the assailant was known to police, but did not release his name. Officers smashed through the windshield and tossed in a stun grenade to distract the driver.

"We go on the information we have at the time", said Cardoso. He fled the checkpoint, however, and was only arrested after careening across a downtown street and hitting four pedestrians. Four pedestrians were hospitalized after being intentionally struck, one of whom has a fractured skull.

A lone gunman, identified by police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, fired shots into the crowd at a country music festival on the Vegas Strip, killing at least 50 and wounding at least 400 more late Sunday night.