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5 injured in suspected terror attack in Canada

5 injured in suspected terror attack in Canada

10/02/2017

By Vipal Monga and Paul Vieira

Suspect in Edmonton arrested after rampage, reportedly had ISIS flag

Canadian officials identified the man who stabbed a police officer and drove a van into four pedestrians in a suspected terrorist attack in Edmonton, Alberta, on Saturday night as Somali refugee who had been known to police.

At a press conference in Edmonton, Marlin Degrand, an official from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said someone had filed a complaint against the suspect in 2015 for "espousing radical ideology." Police officers investigated the complaint and interviewed the suspect, but found no cause to press charges, Degrand said.

Edmonton police said that on Saturday night, near the city's Commonwealth Stadium, the unidentified man crashed a white Chevrolet Malibu through traffic barricades and hit a police officer, sending him flying 15 feet through the air. The driver jumped out of the car and began stabbing the officer. The attacker then ran away.

About three hours later, police stopped a man in a U-Haul truck. An officer recognized the name on the license as similar to that of the owner the Chevrolet. The driver fled, leading to a high-speed chase through downtown Edmonton. The driver of the truck hit four pedestrians during the chase, before his van flipped over and he was captured. Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht confirmed during a morning press conference that there was an ISIS flag in the Chevrolet Malibu.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com (https://www.wsj.com/articles/suspected-terror-attack-injures-five-in-canada-1506869573?mod=mktw).

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