• Lexi Ponder

Somali refugee charged with five counts of attempted murder

On Oct. 2, 2017, a Somali refugee was charged with five counts of attempted murder after being accused of stabbing a police officer in Edmonton, Canada and then harming four other individuals. Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a 30-year-old refugee, was charged after running over the police officer, stabbing him, then ramming another truck into a small group of nearby civilians, injuring four.

The CBC reported that on Sept. 28, 2017, this incident took place when “a Chevrolet Malibu plowed into a police crowd-control barricade, striking Const. Mike Chernyk and sending him five meters into the air.” Afterward, he got out of his vehicle and stabbed the officer repeatedly.

According to the CBC, Sharif “has been charged with five counts of attempted murder, four counts of criminal flight causing bodily harm, and one count each of dangerous driving and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.” This was announced by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Monday at a news conference at its Edmonton police headquarters. Hours after the incident, the Canadian police pulled over a U-Haul cube van during a road block on the town’s north side and found the driver’s ID was similar to the registered owner of the vehicle that ran over the officer.

Authorities were investigating this incident for any acts of “a terrorist attack and commission of an offence for a terrorist group,” but no forms of terrorist charges have been filed against Sharif, according to the CBC.