Canada defends refugee vetting system after auto and knife attack

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Sharif is now facing both terrorism and attempted murder charges, and is in police custody.

"There was insufficient evidence to pursue terrorism charges", Marlin Degrand, of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said at a press conference, adding: "The suspect was not deemed to pose a threat to Canada".

A Somali refugee who attacked a policeman with a knife after striking him with his auto and then injured four others in a driving rampage in Edmonton, Alberta was charged with five counts of attempted murder Monday.

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

Edmonton police Chief Rod Knecht said an Islamic State flag was found in the front seat of the Malibu.

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 and began stabbing the officer, Const. Mike Chernyk.

Police set up checkpoints and began stopping cars, leading to a second encounter with the suspect, now driving a U-Haul cube van, east of the stadium just after midnight. "It's not critical", Knecht said.

Constable Mike Chernyk, who was hit by a vehicle and stabbed repeatedly, emerged with remarkably few injuries, and was released from hospital early Sunday.

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Hours later, police stopped a U-Haul truck at a Checkstop on Wayne Gretzky Drive, and checked the driver's licence.

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

Mr Sharif had been known to police for believing in extremist ideology.

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 30, is accused of running down a police officer with his vehicle in Edmonton, Alberta, and then stabbing him repeatedly. Police used a flashbang to distract the driver. Four pedestrians were struck during the chase in what police say appeared to be a deliberate action. Two of the pedestrians have also been released, and the two others remain in hospital, one in serious condition.

He came to Canada in 2012 and was granted refugee status in the same year, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said.

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.

"If we hadn't pursued this vehicle in light of the use of the auto earlier to run over a police officer and the history of large vehicle attacks in Germany, Spain, and other European countries, the outcome would've been much worse", EPS Insp.

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