What we know so far about the suspect in Edmonton attacks

Laura Christensen
October 4, 2017

The White House, in a statement released Sunday, condemned the "cowardly terror attacks on a police officer and pedestrians" in Edmonton.

The EPS and the RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) are now investigating the incidents as an Act of Terrorism. An officer of the Edmonton Police Service was thrown 15 feet into the area when the vehicle crashed into the traffic control barricade, according to CBC, and reportedly the driver then stabbed the same officer.

The driver then gets out and appears to stab the officer.

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.

Edmonton police chief Rod Knecht said: 'It is believed these two incidents are related. The officer is now in the hospital and being treated for non life-threatening injuries. The condition of the pedestrians were not immediately known.

Chief Knecht says police believe the man taken into custody "acted alone, although investigation is in its early stages".

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

It was only a matter of time that a van driver deliberately put his vehicle on pedestrians.

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Although police would not name the suspect in Saturday's attack, sources confirmed Sharif's name to CTV News and the Globe and Mail. The Edmonton Police report that the officer is now safe and is recovering. He was arrested with an Islamic State flag in one of his vehicles.

The police launched a manhunt to catch the culprit and he was pulled over at a police checkpost before midnight on Wayne Gretzky Drive and 112 Avenue driving a U-Haul truck. The officer noticed the driver's name was "very similar" to that of the Malibu's registered owner.

Police chased the U-Haul truck, which ultimately tipped over.

The van eventually flipped over and the suspect was arrested.

He added that police "had no intelligence" that warranted keeping the suspect under further investigation.

Members of Edmonton's Muslim community were dismayed at the attacks.

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

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