A police tactical team leaves an apartment building near downtown Edmonton, Alberta, Canada October 1, 2017 after a refugee was accused of stabbing an officer and running down four pedestrians in a car. (REUTERS/Ethan Lou)
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A Somali refugee who had been on a watch list over extremist views faced five counts of attempted murder and terror charges Sunday after Canadian police said he stabbed a police officer and ran down four pedestrians with a car in Edmonton, Alberta.The suspect, a 30-year-old man whom police did not identify, had been investigated two years ago for promoting extremist ideology but was not deemed a threat, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said.The attacks in the western Canadian city began when a Chevy Malibu hit a police officer standing in front of a football stadium at about 8:15 p.m. Mountain time on Saturday (0215 GMT Sunday), sending him flying into the air.In August 2016, Canadian police raided an Ontario home and killed Aaron Driver, who they said was an Islamic State supporter preparing an attack on a Canadian city with a homemade bomb.In 2014, Canada was stunned by two deadly attacks that police said were the work of homegrown radicals and led to tougher new anti-terrorism measures.
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