No 'terrorism' charges for now in Edmonton attack

Posted October 06, 2017

Canadian police said early on Sunday that an attack on an officer outside a football game with a auto 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.

He is now facing five counts of attempted murder, four counts of risky driving causing bodily harm, unsafe operation of a motor vehicle and one weapons-related charge.

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A Somali-born refugee has been charged with five counts of attempted murder in connection with a weekend attack in Edmonton, Alberta.

Sharif is scheduled to appear in provincial court for a bail hearing on the sworn charges on Tuesday morning.

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It began when a man driving a Chevrolet Malibu crashed through a police barrier associated with a sports event and struck an Edmonton police officer, throwing him 15 feet through the air.

An individual got out of the vehicle and attacked the same policeman with a knife, who was hospitalized for life-threatening injuries.

Hours after the initial attack, a man driving a U-Haul cube van that police pulled over at a checkpoint produced identification linking him to the registered owner of the white Malibu.

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

Knecht said Chernyk has since been released from hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

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He said the U-Haul then sped off toward downtown with police in pursuit. Knecht said the name of the driver was close to the name of the registered owner of the auto that hit the officer.

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. Two suffered head injuries including a skull fracture. Officers smashed through the windshield and tossed in a stun grenade to distract the driver. "We continue to collect and gather information related to this investigation ... if additional charges are supported, they will be pursued at that time".

At the time, an investigation was launched, and Sharif and others were questioned by the police.

In Regina, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale was asked if the suspect had been known to Canada's spy agency. They tried to arrest him, but he resisted so they hit him with a Taser.

Of the four people hit by the truck, two had been released from care as of Sunday afternoon, while the other two remained in hospital.

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"No shots were fired".