Canadian policeman, four others attacked in 'terror' incidents

Officer stabbed, pedestrians hit in Canada in suspected 'acts of terrorism'

Officer stabbed, pedestrians hit in Canada in suspected 'acts of terrorism'

Canadian police said early on Sunday that an attack on an officer outside a football game with a vehicle and knife and a high-speed chase of a U-Haul that left four people injured in the western city of Edmonton, Alberta, are being investigated as acts of terrorism.

Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said the driver, believed to be 30-years old, then got out and attacked the officer with a knife before fleeing on foot.

Documents show Abdulahi Sharif, 30, is facing a total of eleven charges: five counts of attempted murder, four counts of risky driving causing bodily harm while fleeing police, and one charge each of unsafe driving, and possession of a weapon. "It's a testament to his experience and training that he survived".

While the policeman did not have any life-threatening injuries, the condition of the pedestrians was not known, said the BBC, citing police.

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 vehicle that struck Constable Chernyk. "We can succumb to that or we can rise above it".

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

The auto struck a police officer standing in front of his patrol vehicle, "sending him flying 15 feet through the air" before crashing into his vehicle, according to a statement by local police.

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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.

The truck deliberately attempted to haul pedestrians along Jasper Avenue, one of the busiest streets in the downtown area on Saturday night. "It just came around the corner, ripping".

But Marlin Degrand, assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said the suspect was a Somali national seeking refugee status in Canada. "I thought at first he was pulling over for the cops coming by, but he was clearly the one they were chasing".

Elgie said the van hit a man who was a customer.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley called the attacks horrific.

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, has also labeled these as a terror attack. It's not who we are.

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