Five injured, Somalian suspect arrested as Canada probes 'act of terrorism'

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Five injured, Somalian suspect arrested as Canada probes 'act of terrorism'

MONTREAL, (APP/AFP): Canadian police arrested a Somalian man early Sunday suspected of stabbing an officer and deliberately ramming pedestrians during a high-speed chase in a rented truck, injuring four in what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced as a "terrorist attack."

 

The crime spree began Saturday evening outside a football stadium in the western city of Edmonton and ended hours later when the suspect's U-Haul rental truck flipped onto its side with police in hot pursuit.

 

Local media named the attacker as 30-year-old Abdulahi Hasan Sharif as uthorities confirmed he was a Somalian national who had applied for asylum and was known to the security services following a complaint in 2015.

 

"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."