An attack on a police officer outside a football game and a high-speed chase that injured four people in the western city of Edmonton are being investigated as acts of terrorism, Canadian police said on Sunday.
Despite the incident, Canada's government said it was keeping the terrorism threat level at medium, where it has been since late 2014 after two deadly attacks attributed to homegrown radicals.
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.
Thirty-year-old Abdulahi Hassan Sharif, an Edmonton resident, faces multiple charges including five counts of attempted murder and will appear in court Tuesday morning.
Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said, so far, it appears the suspect does not have any co-conspirators.
Police arrested a 30-year-old Abdulahi Hasan Sharif after an officer was hit by a auto and repeatedly stabbed while he was working traffic control outside a CFL football game between the Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers Saturday evening. 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 driver then sped off into downtown Edmonton, eventually driving into a crowd of pedestrians on the city's busiest strip, injuring four. "It's not critical, " Knecht said of the injuries.More news: Aircraft may be sent to investigate weather in the western Caribbean
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Police set up checkpoints in the area and began stopping cars, and held up a U-Haul van driver whose identification matched the registered owner of the Malibu.
Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 30, is accused of running down a police officer with his vehicle in Edmonton, Alberta, and then stabbing him repeatedly.
Degrand initially said was the suspect was the process of making a refugee claim in Canada, but a spokesman with the federal Public Safety Department later clarified that he had already been found to be a refugee by the Immigration and Refugee Board. Two suffered head injuries including a skull fracture. They then used a stun gun on the driver and took him into custody.
Of the victims, two are still in hospital, including one in serious condition. "The suspect was actually not deemed at that time to pose a threat to the security of Canada".
The suspect then fled on foot and the police officer was rushed to a hospital.
Opposition Conservative parliamentarian Michelle Rempel said the incident raised questions about how police and immigration officials share information.