Incident Summary:

09/30/2017: An assailant rammed a U-Haul van into pedestrians after being identified at a police checkpoint in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Four people were injured in the attack. This was one of two related attacks that took place in Edmonton on this date. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, sources identified the assailant as Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a jihadi-inspired extremist, and indicated that he had an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) flag in his vehicle.




North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Canada
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A U-Haul van was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Canadian police officer stabbed in 'act of terrorism'," Anadolu Agency (AA), October 1, 2017.
"Canada police probe car and knife attack as terrorism," Reuters India, October 1, 2017.