White House condemns terror attacks in Canada

White House condemns terror attacks in Canada

The White House issued a statement on Sunday condemning two terror attacks, which left at least five people injured in Edmonton, Canada, on Sunday. 

"We condemn the cowardly terror attacks on a police officer and pedestrians that occurred late last night in Edmonton, Canada," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. 

"Law enforcement authorities from the United States are in touch with their Canadian counterparts to offer assistance with the ongoing investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, as we hope for their speedy and complete recovery," she continued. 

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At least four people were injured in the Canadian city on Saturday night when a driver rammed his car into a a traffic barricade and hit a police officer. 

The driver then got out of the car, stabbed the officer and fled  on foot. 

Authorities said an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) flag was found in the car. 

Police had released the name of the attacker when an officer recognized the man's name at a checkpoint where he had stopped a U-Haul truck. 

The U-Haul was then chased by police into downtown Edmonton, where the truck intentionally rammed into pedestrians on the street. 

Four people were hit, according to CNN. 

CBC reported that the name of the man under investigation for the attack is Abdulahi Hasan Sharif. 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement on Sunday vowing to combat extremism. 

“We cannot — and will not — let violent extremism take root in our communities. We know that Canada’s strength comes from our diversity, and we will not be cowed by those who seek to divide us or promote fear. Edmonton is a strong and resilient city, and I am confident that its citizens will support one another to overcome this tragic event," Trudeau said.