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Violent assault of Alberta gas station owner by business rival caught on video

A gas station owner and former Liberal candidate, Anwar Kamaran, has been accused of assaulting one of his main competitors in an attack that was caught on CCTV. 

Walsh Save on Gas owner Anwar Kamaran has been charged with one count of assault and two counts of assault causing bodily harm following a series of altercations in Walsh, Alberta.

"On Aug. 8, it is alleged that Mr. Kamaran assaulted a female in Walsh, and on Aug. 9, assaulted two men," said Redcliff RCMP

"All of the victims are from the same family." 

The victims of the alleged assaults have been identified as Kamaran's gas station competitor Geoff Shoesmith and members of Shoesmith's family. 

Geoff Shoesmith

Geoff Shoesmith after the attack.

Shoesmith is the owner of Trailside gas station, which is located directly across the road from Walsh Save on Gas. 

On Saturday, Aug. 8, Kamaran allegedly grabbed the arm of Shoesmith's wife while she was in her car near the two gas stations.

Kamaran was arrested for the incident the following day but after being released he allegedly assaulted Shoesmith's son. 

A short time later he entered Trailside gas station, where he allegedly attacked Geoff.

A video appears to capture the assault on film. 

Shoesmith can be seen trying to get away from the attack before he is struck in the face and falls to the floor.

CBC reports that Kamaran has been released from custody with conditions that he stay away from the Shoesmiths. 

He is scheduled to appear in a Medicine Hat court on Sept. 16. 

Kamaran was the Liberal candidate in the riding of Cypress-Medicine Hat in the 2019 provincial election, where he finished in last place with 219 votes.

According to a bio posted to the Alberta Liberal website, Kamaran "owns a Petro-Canada gas station in Walsh and also owns a trucking company. He speaks seven languages, has a fine arts diploma and is an accomplished musician. He is married with four children and in his spare time is a bodybuilder and kick boxer."

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