A former co-worker of the Somali refugee CBC News has identified as the man arrested in a weekend attack in Edmonton says Abdulahi Hasan Sharif was an ISIS sympathizer years before Saturday’s violent events, and that he had reported him to police.
Terrorism charges are pending against the suspect, who is in custody. Police haven’t released Sharif’s name, but multiple sources have identified him to CBC.
Sharif’s former co-worker, who didn’t want to be identified out of concern for his safety, said: “He would rant.
“It was very incoherent. He would just bounce from idea to idea, tangent to tangent, just about what he believed in and he definitely had genocidal beliefs, you could say.
“He had major issues with polytheists. He said they need to die. That sort of thing. I only had a handful of conversations with him about it; those only occurred when there were just two of us in the work room.”