Explainer: What legal options did authorities have to prevent the Edmonton attack?

On Tuesday morning, Abdulahi Hasan Sharif made his first appearance in an Edmonton court for an alleged weekend rampage that’s being treated as an act of terrorism.

Sharif is accused of ramming a police officer with a car, stabbing the officer multiple times, and then trying to run down pedestrians in a U-Haul van, hitting four people. Miraculously, nobody was killed.

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif.

Though Sharif does not currently face formal terrorism charges, he is facing five counts of...

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