Canadian police launch terrorism investigation in Edmonton officer and truck attack

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A police officer was among those injured in a terror attack in Canada.

Terming the incident as another hate crime as per the initial investigation reports, the Canadian PM said: "While the investigation continues, early reports indicate that this is another example of the hate that we must remain ever vigilant against".

A Daesh flag was later found in the vehicle, said police.

A male, believed to be 30 years of age, got out of his vehicle and began stabbing the officer with a knife.

The video shows two people walking by with their dogs rushing towards the officer on the ground but they run off when the driver gets out of the auto, runs over and appears to starts stabbing the officer.

Later Saturday night, a U-Haul van was stopped for a traffic stop but soon took off, prompting a police chase.After hitting and wounding four pedestrians, the truck flipped over.

Chief Rod Knecht say they are investigating the incident using section 83.2 of the Criminal Code of Canada. The attacker then fled, and the officer was taken to hospital.

At least four people on the street were hit and injured. "I am deeply concerned and outraged by this tragedy", Trudeau said.

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Austin Elgie, manager of The Pint bar, said he saw the van race by with police giving chase.

Mr. Knecht also said that the 30-year-old suspect was known to the authorities, before specifying that after the knife attack on the policeman, the security forces did not expect a second importance.

Canadian police have identified the suspect as an asylum seeker from Somalia, who had already been under investigation before.

In 2015, investigators from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police received a note about a young man sharing extremist views. The suspect in this incident got away; an ISIS flag was found in the vehicle.

Later in the evening, a man was pulled over in a U-Haul truck at a police checkpoint, and he fled in his truck when an officer noticed the name on his license was similar to that of the owner of the Malibu.

Edmonton's football team, the Edmonton Eskimos, were playing the night of the attacks.

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

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