Edmonton terror attacks: Abdulahi Sharif charged with attempted murder

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.

The suspect fled on foot, leaving a flag of the armed Islamic group in his vehicle, police confirmed.

According to Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht, both the incidents are interlinked and are under investigation as acts of terrorism.

According to police, a police officer controlling traffic at a Canadian Football League game was struck by a auto at high speed and then attacked with a knife multiple times by the driver who then fled abandoning the vehicle.

Enforcement officials say they'll conduct a full and thorough investigation into whether terror charges are warranted in this weekend's attack in Edmonton, in which a police officer and four pedestrians were injured.

Just before midnight, police said, the suspect led officers on a high-speed chase while driving a U-Haul truck.

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When the driver was asked for his licence, Knecht said the name on the identification was close to that of the registered owner of white Malibu.

He took off in the van and was caught after a chase in which he hit four pedestrians then flipped the van. Police say the vehicle swerved at people at pedestrians crossings throughout the chase.

Police released video footage of a 30-year-old suspect ramming a van into a police auto - sending Constable Mike Chernyk flying 15ft into the air.

Knecht said one person is in custody and police believe he acted alone but are not ruling out others may be involved. "We continue to collect and gather information related to this investigation ... if additional charges are supported, they will be pursued at that time".

EPS said a tactical maneuver managed to get the truck to roll, and police arrested the suspect.

"It's something that you have nothing to do with it, but at the same time, you have some kind of association with it", Mr. Abdulkadir said in an interview on Monday, in offices just a few blocks from where Constable Chernyk was hit and stabbed.

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"It was determined that these incidents are being investigated as acts of terrorism under section 83.2 of the criminal code". "Edmonton is a strong and resilient city, and I am confident that its citizens will support one another to overcome this tragic event", the prime minister said.

"To the best of our knowledge, this was a "lone wolf" attack", he said.

"There were like 10 cop cars following him".

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley called the attacks horrific.

"We can not - and will not - let violent extremism take root in our communities".

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