10 people were killed and up to 15 injured in stabbings in two remote Canadian communities.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Saskatchewan have launched a manhunt across three provinces for the two suspects Damien, 31, and Myles Sanderson, 30. Police warned people not to approach the two men, who are believed to be armed and dangerous.
The initial stabbing was reported as of 5:40 a.m. local time, with attacks reported at 13 locations. As it is, it is believed that there may be more victims.
The men have been identified as Damien and Myles Sanderson, who are believed to be driving a black Nissan Rogue with Saskatchewan license plate 119 MPI.
Suspects identified, motive unknown
Authorities have described Damien as 170cm and 70kg with black hair and brown eyes. Myles is believed to be 185cm, 108kg with brown hair and brown eyes.
Residents of the province of Saskatchewan have been asked to take shelter and be careful if they allow others to enter their homes.
According to RCMP Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore, some victims were attacked while others were randomly stabbed. So far the motive for the attack is unknown.
“It is certainly a very significant event, if not the largest that we have seen in recent years,” he told a news conference.
“We have located 10 deceased individuals at 13 locations in the James Smith Cree Nation community and Weldon, Saskatchewan.
“Several additional victims have been injured, 15 of whom at this time have been transported to various hospitals,” it added.
The incident occurred in the James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon in the province of Saskatchewan in central Canada. The alert has also spread to nearby areas of Manitoba and Alberta, as police scramble to find the suspects.
The massive police search coincided with a sold-out Labor Day Canadian football game between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The Regina Police and RCMP have increased police resources in the city of Regina, including Mosaic Stadium.
A statement from the Saskatchewan Roughriders said the club’s centralized command center was set up so they could receive “up-to-date information”, immediate connection to local emergency services and “immediate connection to local emergency services”.
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– with AFP
Originally published as Manhunt after 10 killed in mass stabbings in remote Canadian communities