Chaos in Canada as police officer was stabbed by a Muslim man with an ISIS flag. Then, pedestrians were plowed into with a U-Haul van allegedly by the same terrorist a few hours later. The cop was sent flying 15ft into the air and knifed ‘several times’ by the attacker who fled on foot.
Muslim attacker’s name has been revealed by CBC News: Abdulahi Hasan Sharif.
The SUN A POLICE officer was stabbed and terrified pedestrians mowed down during a terror attack in Canada. The 30-year-old Muslim rammed a van into a police car sending the officer flying 15ft into the air.
He then jumped out the car and knifed the cop “several times” and fled on foot as a dramatic manhunt was launched. Police chased down the attacker as he drove through the packed out streets in downtown Edmonton. He then ploughed into four pedestrians leaving them with multiple injuries before he was arrested after flipping the van on to its side.
Global News Not long ago, terrorists wanted spectacle. Their plots were grandiose, aiming for body count and targets of symbolic importance like the World Trade Centre and Pentagon. But tactics have evolved in recent years into the kind of incident that unfolded Saturday night in Edmonton: a driver rams a lone police officer directing traffic, then jumps out and stabs him.
Hours later, the same suspect was spotted in a U-Haul van, which he used to mow down four pedestrians before he flipped the vehicle and was arrested, police said.
It’s exactly what groups like the so-called Islamic State have been encouraging. Retired Canadian intelligence analyst Phil Gurski said the theme has been to “just do what you can with what you’ve got.”
Dramatic photos showed the U-Haul on its side with the windscreen smashed out.
Witness Kim Anderson told the Edmonton Sun: “There were people flying and everything. I’m shocked – I just see people flying.”
Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said the incidents are being investigated “as an act of terror” and that the attacker acted alone. The rented van had an ISIS flag in the front seat, he confirmed.
Police spokesman Scott Pattison said: “The officer was approached by an unknown male suspect in a vehicle, at which time the suspect rammed the police cruiser. “The suspect got out of his vehicle and an altercation ensued.
“The officer sustained some injuries, he’s in hospital, and thankfully he’s doing OK.”