"Act of terrorism" in Edmonton: five wounded, including one policeman

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Canadian police said early on Sunday that an attack on an officer outside a football game with a vehicle and knife and a high-speed chase of a U-Haul that left four people injured in the western city of Edmonton, Alberta, are being investigated as acts of terrorism.

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a 30-year-old refugee from Somalia, is scheduled to appear in an Edmonton court on Tuesday morning where he will be formally charged with 11 counts including attempted murder, risky driving, flight causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for unsafe purposes.

The Edmonton Police Service is investigating a vicious attack on a police officer as "acts of terrorism".

The terrorist was a Muslim "refugee, a Somali national named Abdulahi Hasan Sharif who was "known" to police".

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

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A driver of a Chevy Malibu rammed the auto into a police officer handling crowd control outside Commonwealth Stadium.

Then around 11:33, a U-Haul truck was stopped during a traffic stop, but fled the scene, hitting four pedestrians before the tactical unit conducted a maneuver to put it on its side and the driver was taken into custody.

Chernyk is out of hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Knecht said the suspect nearly T-boned a vehicle and purposely drove into pedestrians, injuring four of them.

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 vehicle that hit the officer.

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"We go on the information we have at the time", said Cardoso.

Of the four pedestrians, two suffered head injuries including a skull fracture. He said 30 police cars were chasing the vehicle when it crashed.

"From all indications, it appears that this was a single individual acting alone, Knecht said".

Investigators determined at that time that he did not pose a threat. This raised doubts in the mind of the police and the driver sensed trouble.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said it would be wrong to blame the attack on any alleged shortcomings or failures in Canada's immigration and refugee vetting system. He fled the checkpoint, however, and was only arrested after careening across a downtown street and hitting four pedestrians.

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A lone gunman, identified by police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, fired shots into the crowd at a country music festival on the Vegas Strip, killing at least 50 and wounding at least 400 more late Sunday night.

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