Of course. What could this possibly have to do with terrorism?
The Islamic State issued this call in September 2014:
So O muwahhid, do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be. You must strike the soldiers, patrons, and troops of the tawaghit. Strike their police, security, and intelligence members, as well as their treacherous agents. Destroy their beds. Embitter their lives for them and busy them with themselves. If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be….If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him….
When authorities react in this manner to what was quite obviously a jihad terror attack, it is hard to take seriously their dismissals of evidence that other attacks were jihad-related.
“Man charged with 5 counts of attempted murder for Edmonton attacks,” CBC News, October 2, 2017 (thanks to Joan):
The man accused of stabbing an Edmonton police constable on the weekend and running down four pedestrians on Jasper Avenue has not been charged with terrorism-related offences.
Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 30, has been charged with five counts of attempted murder, four counts of criminal flight causing bodily harm, and one count each of dangerous driving and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, RCMP announced at a news conference at Edmonton police headquarters on Monday.
The RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) has taken over the investigation.
“We are still very much in the infancy stage (of the investigation),” said RCMP Supt. Stacey Talbot, who heads up INSET in Alberta.
RCMP Supt. Stacey Talbot speaks about the weekend attacks in Edmonton at a news conference Monday. Behind Talbot is RCMP Chief Supt. George Stephenson. (CBC)
Asked why Shariff wasn’t charged with participation in a terrorist attack, Talbot said: “The complexities of a terrorism investigation are vast. If warranted, further charges will be pursued.”
On Sunday, Edmonton police said Sharif was facing possible charges for participating in a terrorist attack and commission of an offence for a terrorist group.
The incident began Saturday when a Chevrolet Malibu plowed into a police crowd-control barricade, striking Const. Mike Chernyk and sending him five metres into the air. The driver got out and stabbed the officer repeatedly, then ran off.
Hours later, police pulled over a U-Haul cube van at a checkstop on the city’s north side and noticed the driver’s name was similar to the registered owner of the car that had struck the officer.
Police pursued the U-Haul from Wayne Gretzky Drive to Jasper Avenue in two marked police vehicles and four tactical vehicles, Insp. Carlos Cardoso said Monday.
The U-Haul struck pedestrians along Jasper Avenue at 107th Street before the van was flipped on its side on 100th Avenue at 106th Street….
“If we hadn’t pursued this vehicle, in light of the use of the car earlier to run over a police officer, and the history of large vehicle attacks in Germany, Spain and other European countries, the outcome would have been much worse,” Cardoso said.
Four pedestrians suffered injuries ranging from “broken arms to brain bleeds,” police Chief Rod Knecht said during Sunday’s police news conference….
Sharif, a Somali refugee, was investigated in 2015 for allegedly espousing extremist views, but investigators said there was insufficient evidence for an arrest and decided he was not a national security threat.
Came to Canada in 2012
Sharif came to Canada in 2012, and at the time raised no red flags for immigration officials, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Monday.
Speaking to reporters in Ottawa, Goodale said Sharif arrived through a “regular port of entry” and obtained refugee status at the time.
The minister said events in Edmonton over the weekend in no way indicate that Canada’s screening process needs to be enhanced, or that the system failed.
“The procedures that are in place, that I have had the opportunity to observe and that Minister [Ahmed] Hussen is vigorously administering, are procedures that place a very high premium on public safety and security,” Goodale said….
What nonsense. This was an obvious failure, and a clear sign that Canada’s screening process needs a massive overhaul.