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Somali suspect had ISIS flag in vehicle

04 October 2017, 12:19 | Simon Arnold

An EPS officer was injured in an incident at a roadblock on 107A Ave. and 92 St. on Saturday


Mr. Trudeau issued a statement that urged tolerance while pledging that "The Government of Canada and Canadians stand with the people of Edmonton after the terrorist attack on Saturday".

No terrorism charges were announced, but "we're still very much in the infancy stage" of the investigation, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superintendent Stacey Talbot told a press conference.

They also said a black Isis flag was found in one of the vehicles used in the attacks.

As reported by Press TV, a police officer was first hit by a auto and then stabbed by its driver on Saturday evening near Commonwealth Stadium, while four pedestrians were injured by a truck driven by the fleeing assailant. The force of the impact flung a police officer into the air after which the driver got out of the vehicle and attacked the officer with a knife.

The suspect was investigated two years ago for promoting extremist ideology but was not deemed a threat, police said, citing a lack of sufficient evidence to pursue charges. The officer's injuries are not life-threatening. Four people were hospitalized with unspecified injuries.

Knecht said one person is in custody and police believe he acted alone but are not ruling out others may be involved.

"The Edmonton police has arrested and placed in custody a man whom we believe to be responsible for these acts of violence", said Rod Knecht, chief, Edmonton police.

"I thought a shot gun went off", witness Pat Hannigan said, describing the sound van made when it hit the sidewalk.

He said the truck "deliberately attempted to hit pedestrians" during the police chase, media reported.

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.

At about 8:00 p.m. local time, someone drove a white Chevrolet Malibu into a police barricade outside Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.

Mr Knecht said the name of the driver was close to the name of the registered owner of the auto that hit the officer.

The driver was later stopped at a checkpoint driving a U-Haul truck before taking off.

The truck eventually flipped over and the driver was arrested.

Sharif was on a "police watch list", but apparently he wasn't being watched closely enough.

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

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