RCMP INSET takes lead in investigation on weekend attacks

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

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.

Canadian police said they were investigating violent attacks in Edmonton on Saturday night as "acts of terrorism" after a man hit a police officer with a auto and stabbed him and then later struck four pedestrians while driving a second vehicle.

Mr. Knecht also said that the 30-year-old suspect was known to the authorities, before specifying that after the knife attack on the policeman, the security forces did not expect a second importance.

According to police, a police officer controlling traffic at a Canadian Football League game was struck by a auto at high speed and then attacked with a knife multiple times by the driver who then fled abandoning the vehicle.

The driver then got out of the vehicle and stabbed the officer multiple times before fleeing, according to police accounts and surveillance footage.

Hours later, the suspect took police on a wild chase through the city's downtown in a rented van as he tried to mow down pedestrians, before the vehicle was knocked over and the driver was apprehended.

"He was in a struggle for his life, holding onto his gun with one hand and blocking the knife with his other", Knecht said Sunday.

Chernyk was cut on his face and had abrasions on his arms, but is expected to make a full recovery.


But Marlin Degrand, assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said the suspect was a Somali national seeking refugee status in Canada.

Opposition Conservative parliamentarian Michelle Rempel said the incident raised questions about how police and immigration officials share information. The attacker came in the auto, rammed into the #police officer and later knifed him.

Witness Pat Hannigan told reporters he saw police pull the man from the windshield of the toppled U-Haul van.

Of the four pedestrians, two suffered head injuries including a skull fracture.

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. "The suspect was actually not deemed at that time to pose a threat to the security of Canada".

"He was stabbed several times and he was able to fend off the attacker even after getting thrown through the air after being struck by the vehicle", said Det.

"No shots were fired".

Degrand said files on the suspect were kept and shared with other intelligence and police agencies.

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