RCMP INSET takes lead in investigation on weekend attacks

RCMP INSET takes lead in investigation on weekend attacks

A suspect has been charged in an attack in which an Edmonton officer was stabbed and four people were injured when they were hit by a rental truck fleeing police.

Canadian police said they were investigating violent attacks in Edmonton on Saturday night as "acts of terrorism" after a man hit a police officer with a auto and stabbed him and then later struck four pedestrians while driving a second vehicle.

RCMP launched the investigation, which included interviews with Sharif and others, after receiving a tip about a man "espousing extremist ideology", according to the Globe.

A flag of the Islamic State militant group was found inside the Malibu, said Rod Knecht, police chief of Edmonton, Alberta's provincial capital.

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.

"A male, believed to be 30 years of age, then jumped out of his vehicle and began viciously stabbing the officer with a knife, as a struggle ensued", the statement added.

Four pedestrians were also injured when they were run struck by a U-Haul van in downtown Edmonton. "It's not critical", Knecht said.

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Chernyk was released from hospital Sunday, as were two of the pedestrians.

Becoming suspicious when police held him up, the driver sped off toward Jasper Avenue, downtown Edmonton's main east-west thoroughfare, with multiple police cars in pursuit. Two suffered head injuries including a skull fracture. "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. Officers smashed through the windshield and tossed in a stun grenade to distract the driver.

In Ottawa, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Sharif crossed legally into Canada in 2012 at a regular border crossing and obtained refugee status at that time.

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. "The suspect was actually not deemed at that time to pose a threat to the security of Canada".

"If we hadn't pursued this vehicle in light of the use of the auto earlier to run over a police officer and the history of large vehicle attacks in Germany, Spain, and other European countries, the outcome would've been much worse", EPS Insp.

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.

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