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Edmonton terror assaults: Police discourage backlash against Muslims

On Sunday, Edmonton police and the RCMP revealed that the person suspected of injuring an Edmonton police officer and 4 pedestrians in a terrorist assault Saturday night time is a Somali nationwide, who arrived in Canada as a refugee.

READ MORE: What we all know thus far in regards to the Edmonton terror assaults

The revelation sparked a backlash on social media, with many individuals taking to Twitter to vent their ire at numerous targets, together with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen (who was born in Somalia) and Muslims generally.

Those tweets didn’t sit properly with Sgt. David Jones of the Edmonton Police Service’s neighborhood liaison division. He urged compassion for Muslims more likely to be fearful and anxious about potential repercussions going through them and their communities.

Many folks replied to the tweet to specific disagreement with the sentiment, however Sgt. Jones was blissful to face his floor.

Meanwhile, RCMP Assistant Commissioner Marlin Degrand said in his information convention Sunday afternoon that “this is an individual that is responsible for these crimes.” He insisted that “none of our citizens, Muslim or other, support this kind of activity.”

READ MORE: Edmontonians flip to social media after assaults on police and pedestrians

In Montreal, Imam Syed Soharwardy, founding father of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, mentioned there have been already indicators of anti-Muslim backlash taking root. He referred to as on Muslim leaders throughout Canada to do extra to root out intolerance and extremism of their communities.

The Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council (AMPAC) organized an occasion exterior Edmonton City Hall, scheduled for Sunday night, to specific solidarity with police and victims of the assault, and condemn terrorism.

Several different Muslim teams, together with the Canadian Council of Imams, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jam’at, launched statements condemning the assault.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned that “Canada’s strength comes from our diversity, and we will not be cowed by those who seek to divide us or promote fear.”

WATCH: Prime Minister Trudeau ‘outraged’ by Edmonton terror assault

Edmonton police Sgt. Michael Elliott mentioned the general public response to the assault will likely be essential.

“We want our communities to come together when events such as this occur and could potentially create a divide,” Sgt. Elliott mentioned.

“This has happened in Germany, France and England and now it has made it to our doorstep. Only together can we change the tide.”

— With recordsdata from the Canadian Press

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