Attempted murder charges against suspect in Edmonton attack

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The suspect, who had attacked a policeman and rammed a van into pedestrians in the city of Edmonton, was identified as Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a 30-year old Somalian refugee, The Globe and Mail, one of Canada's largest daily newspapers, reported Sunday.

Sharif faces 11 charges including five for attempted murder linked to the rampage in the western Canadian city on Saturday night and police said more charges could be laid.

"There was insufficient evidence to pursue terrorism charges or a peace bond", Degrand said Sunday.

Police raised the possibility of terrorism charges on Sunday when revealing that Sharif had been investigated two years earlier for espousing extremist views and was found to have an Islamic State flag in his vehicle.

Sharif has been remanded into custody and is scheduled for a bail hearing in provincial court on Tuesday morning.

And at that time, Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said publicly his force was struggling to keep up with the number of terrorism suspects in Edmonton.

Police said the suspect, believed to be 30, crashed the auto through a barricade and hit the officer at about 8:15 p.m. local time, sending him flying 15 feet into the air and onto to a police cruiser.

Four pedestrians were also injured when they were run struck by a U-Haul van in downtown Edmonton. The suspect fled on foot, leaving a flag of the armed Islamic group in his vehicle, police confirmed.




Sharif was accused of stabbing 48-year-old Constable Mike Chernyk, after Sharif ran into the police officer with his Chevy Malibu auto.

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.

"It is believed at this time that these two incidents are related, " Knecht said.

"Well said, Minister. Canadians' resolve has been tested this weekend, but I know, as always, we will come through united". This raised doubts in the mind of the police and the driver sensed trouble.

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.

The other two pedestrians have been released from hospital. When he resisted, they used a stun gun to make the arrest.

Two of the four people injured on Saturday remained in hospital, with one listed in serious condition, RCMP Superintendent Stacey Talbot told a news conference.

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