Terrorism Charges Pending in Edmonton Vehicle Attack

People gather for a vigil to stand together in solidarity against violence after an attack in Edmonton, Alberta. // Photo by Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, Newscred

Terrorism charges are pending against a suspect in a vehicle attack in Edmonton, Canada, over the weekend.

According to the Edmonton Journal, an Edmonton police officer was hit by a car while working crowd control for a Canadian Football League (CFL) game. A man then got out of the car and attacked the officer with a knife before fleeing. Later, the suspect was discovered in a U-Haul van during a checkstop on the citys northern side. A high-speed chase ensued, in which the van struck and injured four pedestrians before tipping over. The suspect was arrested at the scene, and the officer, who suffered stab wounds to the head and face, has since been released from the hospital.

CBC.ca reports that the suspect is in custody and terrorism charges are pending. While police have not released the suspects name, sources report that he is an ISIS sympathizer.

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According to The Guardian, the attack came during military appreciation night at the CFL game. Canadian Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance conducted the pregame coin flip, and two fighter jets did a flyover prior to kickoff.

The capital of Canadas Alberta province, Edmonton is known for the Royal Alberta Museum, which contains a number of historic and cultural artifacts, as well as the Art Gallery of Alberta, which has a large collection of First Nations art.

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