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Somali refugee charged after stabbing police officer, 4 others in attack in Canada

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif.

A Somali refugee in Alberta, Canada is facing a steep list of charges (for Canada, anyway) after injuring 5 people -including a police officer- in an attack over the weekend.

30-year-old Abdulahi Hasan Sharif has been charged with 5 counts of attempted murder during the Edmonton attack and is facing additional charges, related to dangerous driving and weapons possession.

A known extremist, Sharif could face terror charges as well in the near future.

During his rampage, Sharif -who had an Islamic State flag with him at the time- rammed a police officer with a rental car and then proceeded to stab Constable Michael Chernyk several times before fleeing on foot.

After a checkpoint was set up, a U-Haul was stopped and the driver was identified as the man who previously attacked the officer. Attempting to flee again, he struck four pedestrians before being stopped.

According to the BBC, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called it a “terrorist attack” and said he was both “deeply concerned and outraged” by “this senseless act of violence”.

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