At least 10 people were killed in stabbing attacks in two remote Canadian communities on Sunday, police said, launching a three-province manhunt for the two suspects. Another 15 people were reportedly injured.
“We have identified 10 deceased individuals in the James Smith Cree Nation and community of Weldon, Saskatchewan,” Canadian Mounted Police Deputy Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore told a press conference. “Many victims were injured, 15 of whom were taken to various hospitals,” he added.
“We are actively searching for two suspects… and are investigating various crime scenes.”
In Saskatchewan, a dangerous person alert was issued in the morning as police responded to multiple stab wounds in an Indian community and the nearby town of Weldon at “several (various) locations.”
Blackmore said police received a call at 11:40 a.m. about a stabbing at James Smith First Nation.
According to Blackmore, authorities believe “some of the victims were suspected targets and others were random targets.”
After reports of the suspects being spotted in Regina, Saskatchewan’s provincial capital, the alert and search expanded to neighboring Manitoba and Alberta.
Authorities issued a province-wide advisory for citizens to shelter in place and identified the two suspects as Damien Sanderson and Miles Sanderson, the occupants of a black Nissan Rogue.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority told AFP it had implemented emergency protocols to deal with the “high number of critically ill patients”.
“We can confirm that many people are being referred and cared for in various locations and additional staff have been called in to respond to this situation,” he added.
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