Abdulahi Hasan Sharif Identified As Edmonton Attack Suspect By Police Sources

Violet Tucker
October 6, 2017

Police have charged Sharif with terrorism, five counts of attempted murderer, risky driving and possession of a weapon.

A Somali refugee who attacked a policeman with a knife after striking him with his auto and then injured four others in a driving rampage in Edmonton, Alberta was charged with five counts of attempted murder Monday.

Sharif's bail hearing was delayed until Tuesday but police released a photo of Sharif taken after his capture, showing a young man gazing directly at the camera, a large bruise on his forehead.

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 vehicle, sending him flying five metres through the air.

Police investigate at the scene where a man hit pedestrians, then flipping the U-Haul truck he was driving, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Oct. 1, 2017. "It's not critical, " Knecht said of the injuries.

Chernyk is out of hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

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On Sunday, RCMP assistant commissioner Marlin Degrand said the suspect was checked thoroughly in 2015, after police received a report that he may have been radicalized.

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

15 local, a man in a auto was forced to a brisk pace, barriers to movement and then struck a police officer in the faction for a sports meeting in Edmonton, capital of the province of Alberta. "Further, the suspect was not deemed, at that time, to pose a threat to the security of Canada based on the information that was available to investigators".

Hours later, a man driving a rental van was pulled over at a checkpoint after his name on documents seemed "very similar" to the one police were looking for.

While the policeman did not have any life-threatening injuries, the condition of the pedestrians was not known, said the BBC, citing police. They then used a stun gun on the driver and took him into custody. "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. They tried to arrest him, but he resisted so they hit him with a Taser. Two had been released from hospital as of Sunday afternoon.

A lone gunman, identified by police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, fired shots into the crowd at a country music festival on the Vegas Strip, killing at least 50 and wounding at least 400 more late Sunday night.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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