RCMP take over investigation into Edmonton terror attack

RCMP take over investigation into Edmonton terror attack

Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for Goodale, said Sharif entered from the United States through a regular port of entry and was granted refugee status later that year.

On background, a USA official said slight variations in the spelling of the name of someone seeking to enter the US are not unusual.

According to the office of federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Sharif made an asylum claim at a Canada-U.S. border crossing in 2012, and was granted it later that year.

"According to USA authorities, he was not detained for criminal activity".

In a statement, Goodale's office said officials were aware of Sharif's detention but that because he was picked up in the US for immigration reasons rather than criminality, it did not make him inadmissible to Canada.

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The charges were adjourned for six weeks until November 14, although there is a possibility lawyers could bring the case forward for a bail hearing sooner.

When Sharif first appeared onscreen in provincial court via closed-circuit TV from the Edmonton Remand Centre, he was holding a telephone receiver in a hearing room, and appeared startled to find himself suddenly staring out at a judge and courtroom, quickly stepping back from the camera. The accused spoke briefly with a lawyer who stepped forward to help. Mr. Goodale and the RCMP have declined to give details of the 2015 investigation, with the RCMP saying only that they conducted a thorough probe based on a tip Mr. Sharif was "espousing extremist ideology".

In what is expected to be the final update on Saturday's attack in Edmonton police revealed there have been no terrorism charges laid at this time.

"As you know Canadians - everyone has the right to a fair trial, " Accord said outside court. Its not clear yet whether Sharif had started that process. Sharif then allegedly ran down four pedestrians during an attempt to evade capture. He had a Somali interpreter, although he did not speak.

Ali also declined to answer questions about Sharif's background or whether Somalis are facing any backlash over the attacks.

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Investigators said it is believed that the suspect acted alone. He had no lawyer as he appeared on five counts of attempted murder, five counts of risky driving causing bodily harm, and one weapons offence for having possession of a large knife.

"I would be lying if I told you that members of our community are feeling threatened, scared or concerned, because the EPS (Edmonton Police Service) has been doing a fantastic job, and so have the RCMP, " he said outside court.

Const. Mike Chernyk was handling crowd control at a Canadian Football League game Saturday night when he was hit by a vehicle that rammed through a barrier and sent him flying.

Despite the incident, Canada's government said it was keeping the country's terrorism threat level at medium, where it has been since late 2014 after two deadly attacks attributed to homegrown radicals.

As of Monday, two of the pedestrians remained in hospital, one with a fractured skull.

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