Charges laid against suspect in Edmonton attack include attempted murder

Posted October 06, 2017

Canadian police arrested a Somalian man early Sunday suspected of stabbing an officer and deliberately ramming pedestrians during a high-speed chase in a rented truck, injuring four in what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced as a "terrorist attack".

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.

Although police have described the incident as a suspected terrorist act, terrorism charges have not been laid.

Sharif is a Somali refugee who was investigated in 2015 for allegedly espousing extremism but was deemed not to be a threat at the time and an ISIS flag was found in the truck on Saturday night.

Thirty-year-old Abdulahi Hassan Sharif, an Edmonton resident, faces multiple charges including five counts of attempted murder and will appear in court Tuesday morning.

It started when a police officer handling crowd control at a Canadian Football League game at Commonwealth Stadium, just northeast of downtown, was hit by a speeding white Chevy Malibu that rammed through a barrier and sent him flying five metres through the air.

Sharif was arrested after allegedly hitting a police officer at a roadblock at 107A Avenue and 92 Street with a auto, before stabbing him, and fleeing the area on foot at about 8:15 p.m. Saturday evening.

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A few hours later, a U-Haul van was stopped at an impaired driving check stop north of downtown on Wayne Gretzky Drive.

"From all indications it appears that this was a single individual acting alone", said Knecht.

Chernyk was released from hospital Sunday, as were two of the pedestrians. The suspect fled on foot, leaving a flag of the armed Islamic group in his vehicle, police confirmed. The attacker came in the auto, rammed into the #police officer and later knifed him.

Knecht said when the U-haul pulled over for the checkpoint, the driver produced identification linking him to the registered owner of the Malibu. One person suffered a fractured skull and was initially in critical condition, but had since been upgraded to stable. They then used a stun gun on the driver and took him into custody.

"No shots were fired. We know that Canada's strength comes from our diversity, and we will not be cowed by those who seek to divide us or promote fear", he said.

"We go on the information we have at the time", said Cardoso.

A little before midnight, identified at a roadblock, the suspect managed to escape aboard a van that he then screened on pedestrians in two different locations, according to the narrative of the police.