October 1, 2017 / 9:49 PM / a year ago

Canadian police say suspect in Edmonton attacks is Somali national

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police told a news conference on Sunday that a suspect arrested following Saturday night’s attacks in Edmonton was a Somali national with refugee status in Canada.

Police declined to provide his name but said authorities had investigated a complaint in 2015 that he was espousing extremist ideology and had determined that he did not pose a threat at the time.

(This story changes first paragraph after police correct original statement to say suspect is a refugee, rather than seeking refugee status.)

Reporting by Jim Finkle; Editing by Sandra Maler and Peter Cooney

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