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What we know so far about the suspect in Edmonton attacks

05 October 2017, 12:28 | Colleen Roy

Man with Islamic State flag plows car, U-Haul van into Canadian cop and pedestrians during rampage

Officer stabbed, pedestrians hit in Canada in suspected 'acts of terrorism'

A 30-year-old Canadian is in custody after a police officer was hit by a vehicle then "viciously stabbed" and hours later four pedestrians were "deliberately struck" by a fleeing U-Haul truck Saturday night in Edmonton, Alberta, according to the Edmonton Police Service.

Police say terrorism and attempted murder charges are pending against a man suspected of carrying out attacks on a police officer and pedestrians in Edmonton.

"Currently, we believe this is an individual who acted alone, although the investigation is in its early stages", Edmonton police chief Rod Knecht said.

The attacks started with a Chevrolet Malibu hitting an officer controlling traffic near a football stadium at about 8pm on Saturday, sending him flying.

None of the victims were killed in the attack in Canada's western Alberta province, but the police officer and four of the pedestrians were hurt.

A driver of a Chevy Malibu rammed the vehicle into a police officer handling crowd control outside Commonwealth Stadium. When the driver was asked for identification, he immediately fled the scene and was chased by police towards downtown Edmonton.

He was later arrested when he crashed a U-Haul truck, injuring four pedestrians.

He had been investigated two years ago for promoting extremism but had not been deemed a threat, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said. A man then jumped out of the vehicle and began stabbing the officer with a knife.

In France on Sunday, a man with a knife attacked people at the main train station in the southeastern city of Marseille, killing two women before being fatally shot by soldiers, officials said.

Edmonton police provided an update on the investigation at 11 a.m. MT Monday.

The van eventually flipped near a downtown hotel and a suspect was arrested.

At the Al Rashid Mosque - Canada's oldest mosque, built in 1938, and Edmonton's largest - outreach Imam Sadique Pathan said he is horrified by the weekend attack, but also concerned about backlash against the city's 100,000 Muslims.

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

"There were like 10 cop cars following him".

"Terrorism is about creating panic and disrupting lives", he said, adding that Edmontonians would "rise above hatred and division".

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley called the attacks horrific. "It just came around the corner, ripping". "If you've got 20 cops chasing one guy and there's pedestrians that are walking down this road?"

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