RCMP INSET takes lead in investigation on weekend attacks

Officer stabbed, pedestrians hit in Canada in suspected 'acts of terrorism'

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Sharif was charged with five counts of attempted murder, five counts of criminal flight causing bodily harm, risky driving and one count of possession of a weapon for a unsafe goal.

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

Edmonton police have said they believe the suspect acted alone and without conspirators during the series of attacks, which began around 8:15 on Saturday night.

The first incident took place shortly after 10 pm Eastern Time, near the Commonwealth Stadium where an Edmonton Eskimos football game was held during an evening of appreciation to the military.

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 auto, sending him flying five metres through the air.

Sharif was arrested after allegedly hitting a police officer at a roadblock at 107A Avenue and 92 Street with a vehicle, before stabbing him, and fleeing the area on foot at about 8:15 p.m. Saturday evening. Chernyk fought back, and the suspect fled on foot.

Constable Mike Chernyk, who was hit by a vehicle and stabbed repeatedly, emerged with remarkably few injuries, and was released from hospital early Sunday.

Subsequently, a van was stopped at a checkpoint, and the name of the driver appeared to be similar to the name of the registered owner of the auto that hit the officer.

Police set up checkpoints and began stopping cars, leading to a second encounter with the suspect, now driving a U-Haul cube van, east of the stadium just after midnight. The chase continued until police forced the truck to crash on its side. Officers smashed through the windshield and tossed in a stun grenade to distract the driver.

Edmonton police tweeted on Sunday that the officer who was attacked is safe and recovering.

"It is believed at this time that these two incidents are related", he said. Knecht said the man was known to police, but did not release his name.

"Did we have a clue that this event was going to happen?" "I'm shocked - I just see people flying". Four pedestrians were hospitalized after being intentionally struck, one of whom has a fractured skull.

While police officials did not name the suspect at a Sunday news conference, RCMP and the Public Safety Minister's office said the man is a refugee from Somali.

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