Somali refugee charged in Canada terror attack
7 October, 2017
A Somali refugee, who had been on a watch list over extremist views, faced terror charges in Canada after he stabbed a police officer outside a football game and ran down four pedestrians with his van while fleeing the police in Edmonton, Alberta, last Sunday. The suspect, a 30-year-old man had been investigated two years ago for promoting extremist ideology but was not deemed a threat, the Canadian Police said. A flag of the IS militant group was found inside the car driven by the Somalian. He was apprehended after the police chased the van across a downtown street, during which he hit the pedestrians.
Canada has been dealing in recent months with a surge in illegal border crossings by people seeking refugee status, which has renewed debate over whether it should tighten its borders. PM Justin Trudeau called the Edmonton attack “another example of the hate that we must remain ever vigilant against.” Canada’s government said it would keep the terrorist threat level at medium, where it has been since late 2014.