Police are searching for two men after a series of stabbings in two communities in central Canada that also injured more than a dozen people.
According to police, 10 people have been killed and at least 15 injured after two men attacked with a knife in at least 13 locations in two communities in central Canada.
Police responding to emergency calls on Sunday found 10 people dead in the James Smith Cree Nation indigenous community and in the nearby town of Weldon in the province of Saskatchewan, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Deputy Commissioner said. Rhonda Blackmore, at a press conference.
“Several additional victims have been injured, 15 of whom at this time have been transported to various hospitals,” he said.
More victims may have reached hospitals on their own, he added.
Police named the two suspects as Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson.
Authorities said the two men, in their early 30s, were last seen traveling in a black Nissan Rogue and were last seen in the provincial capital of Regina, some 200 miles (320 km) south of where the attacks occurred.
Saskatchewan police issued a province-wide dangerous person alert, and authorities in neighboring Alberta and Manitoba, a vast region nearly half the size of Europe, followed suit later.
The James Smith Cree Nation, population 2,500, declared a local state of emergency.
Diane Shier, a nearby Weldon resident, said she was in her garden Sunday morning when she noticed emergency services not far from her home.
Shier said her neighbor was killed. She did not want to identify the victim out of respect for her family.
“I am very upset because I lost a good neighbor,” she told the Associated Press news agency.
“It is horrible what has happened in our province today,” said Blackmore, of the police.
“It appears that some of the victims may have been targeted, and some may be random. So talking about a motive would be extremely difficult at this point,” she added.