2017 Edmonton attack

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2017 Edmonton attack
Location Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Date September 30, 2017 (2017-09-30)
8:15 p.m. (MDT)
Attack type
Stabbing, Vehicle ramming, Islamic terrorism (suspected)[1]
Weapons Knife, car, rental truck
Deaths 0
Non-fatal injuries
5
Suspected perpetrator
Abdulahi Sharif[2]
Motive Islamic terrorism (suspected)[1]

The 2017 Edmonton attack was a stabbing and vehicle-ramming attack that occurred in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on September 30, 2017. Edmonton police constable Mike Chernyk[3] was allegedly hit and stabbed by 30-year-old Abdulahi Sharif,[2] who then struck four pedestrians with a rental truck during a police chase.[4][5] All four injured survived and were hospitalized. The incident is currently being investigated as a terrorist attack, with police confirming the presence of an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant flag in the van that rammed the police officer.[1][5]

Attack and pursuit[edit]

On September 30, 2017, a military appreciation night football game between the Edmonton Eskimos and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was being held.[5] During the game, a driver deliberately rammed into Edmonton police constable Mike Chernyk,[3] who was standing between a barricade and his police car near Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton at around 8:15 p.m.[4][5] After exiting his car, the driver stabbed Chernyk before fleeing the scene. Around midnight, a U-Haul rental truck was pulled over at a police checkpoint on Wayne Gretzky Drive and 112 Avenue during a manhunt.[4]

After officers identified the driver as Chernyk's attacker, he drove off with a dozen police vehicles in pursuit. While fleeing police, the man drove into four pedestrians, two of them in an alleyway near 109 Street and Jasper Avenue, and the other two near 107 Street and Jasper Avenue. Eventually, the rental truck flipped on its side at the intersection of 107 Street and 100 Avenue, and the driver was arrested.[5] Police are investigating the incident as an act of terrorism.[5]

Suspect[edit]

The main suspect, 30-year-old Abdulahi Hasan Sharif,[6][2] is a Somali national and refugee. In 2011, Sharif was detained by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for four months pending deportation to Somalia.[6] He was released with an "order of supervision", but in January 2012, ICE lost track of him.[7] He subsequently claimed refugee status in Canada.[8] He was reported by a colleague to the Police after he expressed his hatred for Shia Muslims, polytheists, and expressed support for the Islamic State ,[9][10][11] which led the RCMP and Edmonton police to investigate him in 2015 for extremism, and was deemed "not a threat".[12][13][14] He currently faces multiple charges, including participation in a terrorist attack, commission of an offence for a terrorist group, five counts of attempted murder, dangerous driving, criminal flight causing bodily harm, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.[13]

Victims[edit]

The first victim of the attack, Edmonton police constable Mike Chernyk, faced several injuries, including stab wounds to his face and hands.[13] He was released from the hospital the following day, returned to work 18 days later, and has claimed things have "returned to normal".[15]

The four pedestrians hit by the rental truck suffered various injuries ranging from "broken arms to brain bleeds". Two of them were released from the hospital after treatment the following day. Of the remaining two still hospitalized, one was upgraded from critical condition to stable, and the other suffered a fractured skull but has since regained consciousness.[13]

Responses[edit]

Domestic[edit]

The attack was quickly condemned by Edmonton mayor Don Iveson, who expressed shock and sadness, thanking first responders and urging citizens to remain calm. Alberta premier Rachel Notley, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, also condemned the attacks and praised efforts of first responders. Many other politicians issued statements condemning the attacks.[16] Naheed Nenshi, the mayor of Calgary, Alberta condemned the attack, calling it "terrible act of violence and hatred", and expressed Calgary's solidarity with Edmonton.[17]

The National Council of Canadian Muslims condemned the attack.[18]

International[edit]

  •  United States: The White House issued a statement on October 1 condemning the attack, with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders describing the attack as "cowardly" and wished victims "a speedy and full recovery".[19] Vice President Mike Pence condemned the attack expressed his condolences to the people of Edmonton on Twitter, stating, "Our hearts and prayers are with the victims & the people of Edmonton & we condemn the cowardly terror attacks that occurred late last night."[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Phillips, Kristine (1 October 2017). "Man who stabbed officer, struck four pedestrians had Islamic State flag, Canadian police say". The Washington Post. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Heidenreich, Phil (1 October 2017). "Edmonton terror attacks: Sources identify 30-year-old Edmonton man as suspect in vehicle attacks". Global News. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Edmonton officer identified, 'fortunate' to be alive as terror attack investigation continues". The Globe and Mail. 1 October 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c "'Acts of terrorism' in Edmonton: Officer stabbed, pedestrians run down". EdmontonJournal. 1 October 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Edmonton terror attacks: Police officer stabbed, people struck by U-Haul". Global News. 1 October 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Huffington Post: Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, Edmonton Suspect, Was Ordered To Leave U.S. In 2011
  7. ^ "Man charged in Edmonton attacks crossed into U.S. from Mexico, records show". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 4 October 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2017. 
  8. ^ Lou, Ethan (3 October 2017). "Somali man charged in Canada attack was ordered deported from U.S." Reuters. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "Screening system failed in case of alleged Edmonton attacker Abdulahi Sharif". Candice Malcolm. Toronto Sun. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  10. ^ "Edmonton attack suspect had 'genocidal beliefs,' says former co-worker who reported him to police 'He had major issues with polytheists. He said they need to die'". CBCNews. 1 October 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  11. ^ "Edmonton Terrorist's Movements Highlight Threat to US Southern Border". John Rossomando. Algemeiner. 19 October 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  12. ^ "Suspect in Edmonton attack identified; terrorism charges pending". CTV News. 1 October 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Terrorism charges pending in Edmonton attacks". CBC News. 1 October 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  14. ^ "Terrorism charges pending in Edmonton attacks". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2 October 2017. 
  15. ^ "Police officer Mike Chernyk injured in attack thanks public for support". Edmonton Journal. 24 November 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2018. 
  16. ^ Robb, Trevor (1 October 2017). "Trudeau, politicians respond to Edmonton 'terror' incident". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  17. ^ "'Albertans are resilient': Calgary mayor, police react to attack in Edmonton". Calgary Herald. 1 October 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  18. ^ "Terrorist attack on police officer, pedestrians outside Edmonton football game". 
  19. ^ Manchester, Julia (1 October 2017). "White House condemns terror attacks in Canada". The Hill. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  20. ^ "Vice President Pence on Twitter: "Our hearts and prayers are with the victims & the people of Edmonton & we condemn the cowardly terror attacks that occurred late last night."". Twitter. Retrieved 1 October 2017.