Possible terror attack in Canada; officer stabbed and pedestrians hit by truck

Saul Bowman
October 4, 2017

A man attacked a police officer with a knife on Sunday in Edmonton, the margin of a football match, before zeroing in with his vehicle on pedestrian.

The EPS and the RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) are now investigating the incidents as an Act of Terrorism.

The recovery of an Islamic State flag from one of the vehicles used in the attacks had led police to pursue the incidents as an act of terrorism.

A blade-wielding man who attacked a police officer outside a Edmonton, Alberta, football game Saturday night left behind an Islamic State flag in the vehicle he used to ram the cop.

The driver of the auto, a white Chevy Malibu, then got out and stabbed the officer multiple times.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the suspect was on a "police watch list", and Knecht said police believe he acted alone. The officer was taken to hospital with various injuries. At least four people were injured in the second attack, but their conditions haven't been confirmed since.

They later described the suspect as a 30-year-old Edmonton man. The suspect later deliberately plowed a U-Haul cube van into pedestrians on a downtown street, police allege.


Knecht said the assailant was known to police, but did not release his name. The suspect was arrested immediately and remains in police custody.

"The vehicle struck the police officer, sending him flying into the air 15 feet, before colliding with the police officer's cruiser again at a high rate of speed", he said, reported CNN.

The RCMP antiterrorism squad, meanwhile, took over the investigation after an Islamic State group flag was discovered in the accused's auto. The footage shows the officer being tossed about five metres into the air as the auto slams into the front of a parked police cruiser.

An officer recognized the name on the driver's license as being similar to the Malibu's registered owner and began questioning him.

Sharif has been the subject of a police investigation in the past.

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

Just before midnight, police say a U-Haul truck was pulled over at a Checkstop location. "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.

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