Thirty-year-old Abdulahi Sharif of Edmonton is the man being held in connection with Saturday night’s vehicle attacks in Alberta’s capital, multiple sources told Global News.
At a news conference on Sunday afternoon, police did not confirm the identity of the suspect however, they did provide more details about his history with police.
“We can confirm that in 2015, a complaint was filed with the Edmonton Police Service, around reports being made that the suspect was espousing extremist ideology,” said RCMP Assistant Commissioner Marlin Degrand. “At the end of that exhaustive investigation, there was insufficient evidence to pursue terrorism charges or a peace bond.
“Further, the suspect was not actually deemed, at that time, to pose a threat to the security of Canada.”
Degrand added there was no indication at the time that the suspect was a threat to become violent. The federal government confirmed the suspect is a Somalian national who is currently in Canada as a refugee.
On Global News Morning Edmonton on Monday, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said the man did not enter the country through a sponsored program.
Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said the suspect was still being questioned and charges have not been laid, however, he confirmed the suspect was arrested for participation in a terrorist act, commission of an offense for a terrorist group, five counts of attempted murder, dangerous driving, criminal flight causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.