Police probe Canadian vehicle attacks, stabbing as 'acts of terrorism'

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Sharif is scheduled to appear in provincial court for a bail hearing on the sworn charges on Tuesday morning.

Canada defended its immigration and refugee vetting system on Monday after a Somali immigrant, who had drawn scrutiny for his alleged extremist views, was charged with attempted murder for a weekend vehicle and knife attack that injured five.

Edmonton police chief Rod Knecht is slated to give an update at 11 a.m. on the ongoing investigation into the actions of a 30-year-old suspect arrested on terrorism-related charges along with five counts of attempted murder and other charges.

The driver got out, pulled out a large knife and began stabbing Chernyk, a ten-year veteran, as he was lying on the ground.

The officer managed to fight off the attacker who then fled the area on foot.

The officer, who suffered serious stabbing wounds to his head, face, and arm, is expected to make a full recovery.

The driver then sped off into downtown Edmonton, eventually driving into a crowd of pedestrians on the city's busiest strip, injuring four.

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The truck fled the scene, and was pursued by officers. They then used a stun gun on the driver and took him into custody.

Five people, including a uniformed police officer, were injured in the Saturday night incident. "In fact, no shots were fired anywhere in this entire incident", said Knecht.

Conservative Pierre Paul-Hus questioned Mr. Goodale in the House of Commons on Monday, saying "Canadians need to know which information the RCMP had on this individual to undertake the investigation".

"The events that transpired shortly thereafter happened that quickly, so the opportunity to actually provide that duty to warn just wasn't there at that time".

Canada has seen a surge in illegal border crossings this year as people fearing a US immigration crackdown and possible deportation sought asylum. Two had been released from hospital as of Sunday afternoon. A spokesman for the Public Safety Department has indicated that the national terrorism threat level for Canada has not changed since 2014 and remains at "medium".

On Sunday, RCMP assistant commissioner Marlin Degrand said the suspect was checked thoroughly in 2015, after police received a report that he may have been radicalized. "The suspect was actually not deemed at that time to pose a threat to the security of Canada".

When Abdulahi Hasan Sharif was flagged as a potential terrorist threat two years ago, police in Alberta complained they were overwhelmed with Islamic State-inspired suspects.