Canadian police officer and four pedestrians injured in 'act of terrorism'

Edmonton Police Service homicide detectives are investigating after a man's body was dug up from under a garage near 118 Avenue and 96 Street in north

Police in Canada were investigating a possible terror attack Sunday morning in Edmonton.

Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said the suspect had an Islamic State flag in the vehicle that struck the officer.

The suspect, after hitting the police officer with the auto, got out of his vehicle and stabbed him with a knife multiple times before fleeing on foot.

The driver is then seen getting out of the vehicle and appears to stab the officer multiple times before fleeing.

Police believe the man, 30, was involved in both incidents and acted alone, but are investigating further.

The police officer was taken to hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries. The condition of the pedestrians were not immediately known.

A suspect was taken into custody by police hours later after a chase through downtown Edmonton in which four pedestrians were purposely hit by the driver of a speeding U-haul van. "I am deeply concerned and outraged by this tragedy", says Trudeau.

The van driver was arrested after a police chase.

Mr Knecht said the man was known to police, but did not release his name.

Sharif was accused of stabbing 48-year-old Constable Mike Chernyk, after Sharif ran into the police officer with his Chevy Malibu auto. It began when a man driving a Chevrolet Malibu crashed through a police barrier associated with a sports event and struck an Edmonton police officer, throwing him 15 feet through the air.

Degrand said files on the suspect were kept and shared with other intelligence and police agencies after 2015, but that was as much as the law would allow.

Around midnight, an officer at one of the checkstop locations inspected the license of a U-Haul driver, realizing the name was similar to the registered owner of the vehicle from the original incident. He confirmed that an ISIS flag was seized from the vehicle initially connected with the attack on the police officer. While the investigation continues, early reports indicate that this is another example of the hate that we must remain ever vigilant against.

Police chased the U-Haul truck, which ultimately tipped over. Knecht said the driver almost T-boned multiple cars and appeared to aim for pedestrians.

Members of Edmonton's Muslim community were dismayed at the attacks.

"We can not - and will not - let violent extremism take root in our communities", Mr Trudeau said.

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