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CANADA: Somali Man Arrested in Suspected 'Lone Wolf' Attack

CANADA: Somali Man Arrested in Suspected 'Lone Wolf' Attackā€

A TERROR investigation is under way in Canada after an officer was stabbed and four people were hurt in a high-speed chase.

Later that night a U-haul truck was pulled over and police suspected that the driver was the same as the earlier attacker.

A flag belonging to so-called Islamic State was found inside the vehicle that hit the police officer. The terrorist, who had an ISIS flag in the front seat of his vehicle, then jumped out of the auto and attacked the officer with a knife, stabbing him repeatedly.

The driver then left the vehicle to knife the officer at the Commonwealth Stadium before fleeing on foot.

As the U-Haul driver fled towards downtown Edmonton, the driver attempted to hit pedestrians on the sidewalk, according to police. The officer was taken to hospital with various injuries. Four people were hospitalized with unspecified injuries.

Trudeau said Sunday that he was deeply concerned and outraged at what he called a "terrorist attack".

EPS Chief Rod Knecht says during the pursuit, officers witnessed the truck being driven irratically, deliberately trying to hit pedestrians in crosswalks.

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Although police have refused to release his name until he is formally charged, CTV News has confirmed that the suspect is 30-year-old Abdulahi Sharif.

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

Knecht said Edmonton police are working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's national security enforcement team and other Canadian security agencies. An Islamic State group flag was found in the vehicle.

Police chased the U-Haul truck, which ultimately tipped over. "As the investigation unfolds and further information is garnered, and if additional charges are supported, they will be pursued at that time".

Subsequently, a van was stopped at a checkpoint, and the name of the driver appeared to be similar to the name of the registered owner of the vehicle that hit the officer.

"To the best of our knowledge, this was a lone-wolf attack", Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said there is no place for violent extremism in Canada.



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