RCMP face scrutiny in wake of Edmonton attack

Posted October 06, 2017

The suspect, who had attacked a policeman and rammed a van into pedestrians in the city of Edmonton, was identified as Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a 30-year old Somalian refugee, The Globe and Mail, one of Canada's largest daily newspapers, reported Sunday.

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif faces five counts of attempted murder, four counts of unsafe driving causing bodily harm, risky operation of a motor vehicle and one weapons-related charge.

I have written that the president's travel ban doesn't go far enough to do much good, but this is one example of a terrorist attack that the travel ban, if in effect when the terrorist sought to enter the US, would prevent.

According to Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht, a flag of the terrorist group Daesh (ISIS) was found in the vehicle.

Police arrested a 30-year-old Abdulahi Hasan Sharif after an officer was hit by a auto and repeatedly stabbed while he was working traffic control outside a CFL football game between the Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers Saturday evening.

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 30, is accused of running down a police officer with his auto in Edmonton, Alberta, and then stabbing him repeatedly.

A suspect was taken into custody by police hours later after a chase through downtown Edmonton in which four pedestrians were purposely hit by the driver of a speeding U-haul van.

"From all indications it appears that this was a single individual acting alone", said Knecht.

The officer, who suffered serious stabbing wounds to his head, face, and arm, is expected to make a full recovery.

"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.

Knecht said when the U-Haul pulled over for the checkpoint, the driver was confronted after he produced identification linking him to the registered owner of the Malibu.

He came to Canada in 2012 and was granted refugee status in the same year, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said. Police used a flashbang to distract the driver. The vehicle then sped off with police in pursuit.

Conservative Pierre Paul-Hus questioned Mr. Goodale in the House of Commons on Monday, saying "Canadians need to know which information the RCMP had on this individual to undertake the investigation". "The suspect was actually not deemed at that time to pose a threat to the security of Canada".

Degrand said files on the suspect were kept and shared with other intelligence and police agencies after 2015, but that was as much as the law would allow.