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Edmonton Terrorist Is a Somali Refugee

06 October 2017

Sharif is charged with five counts of attempted murder and four counts of unsafe operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm.

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 USA, would prevent.

Police raised the possibility of terrorism charges on Sunday when revealing that Sharif had been investigated two years earlier for espousing extremist views and was found to have an Islamic State flag in his vehicle.

Mr Sharif is due to appear in an Edmonton court on 3 October.

"Currently, we believe this is an individual who acted alone, although the investigation is in its early stages", said Chief Rod Knecht.

Outside the stadium, Edmonton police Const. Mike Chernyk, with his marked, flashing cruiser was handling crowd control and security when a speeding white Chevy Malibu rammed through a barrier and hit his auto, sending him flying five metres through the air. The suspect then repeatedly stabbed the officer.

With police in high-speed pursuit, the suspect took off toward the downtown, mowing down four pedestrians along the way. "It's not critical", Knecht said.

Chernyk was cut on his face and had abrasions on his arms, but is expected to make a full recovery.

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The driver, a 30-year-old male, "deliberately attempted to hit pedestrians" during the police chase and was arrested after his vehicle overturned, said police, adding that "based on evidence at the scenes and the actions of the suspect", these incidents are being investigated as "acts of terrorism".

Police said that at this time, the events in Edmonton appear to be isolated.

Degrand said files on the suspect were kept and shared with other intelligence and police agencies after 2015, but said that was as much as the law would allow. The attacker came in the vehicle, rammed into the #police officer and later knifed him.

Police identified the suspect when he stopped at a checkpoint and his license showed that he was the owner of the Malibu. Police used a flashbang to distract the driver.

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". They tried to arrest him, but he resisted so they hit him with a Taser.

Two of the four people injured on Saturday remained in hospital, with one listed in serious condition, RCMP Superintendent Stacey Talbot told a news conference.

"No shots were fired".

Edmonton Terrorist Is a Somali Refugee