Two men named Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson, aged 30 and 31, are actively sought after.
It is one of the deadliest attacks in the country’s history. At least ten people were killed and fifteen wounded in stabbing attacks Sunday in two isolated locations in Canada, including one with a large indigenous population, police said they launched a manhunt to find two suspects.
Responding to emergency calls, police found ten bodies in the indigenous community of James Smith Cree Nation and in the nearby town of Weldon, Saskatchewan (Western Province), Deputy Commissioner of Mounted Police Rhonda Blackmore said at a news conference. .
“Several other victims were injured, 15 of which have so far been transported to various hospitals,” he added, adding that the police were looking for “two suspects” and investigating “the numerous crime scenes”.
The suspects have been identified, two men named Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson, aged 30 and 31, with black hair and brown eyes. They allegedly escaped in a black Nissan Rogue, he said. Police forces were deployed “to their fullest” to capture them.
“Hideous and shocking” attacks.
“Today’s attacks in Saskatchewan are horrific and heartbreaking. My thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and those who have been injured,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter.
Prime Minister Scott Moe said he “has no words to adequately describe the pain and loss caused by this senseless violence.”
Police received a first call at 05:40 local time (11:40 GMT) reporting a stab attack on James Smith Cree Nation, followed by others.
The locality of James Smith Cree Nation, populated by 2,500 inhabitants, has declared a local state of emergency. Saskatchewan residents were also asked to stay home for security reasons.
Diane Shier, a resident of Weldon, told local Canadian Press media that her neighbor, who lived with her grandson, had been killed. “I am very impressed because I have lost a good neighbor,” she said.
Authorities believe that “some of the victims were targeted by suspects and others were attacked by chance,” he said, noting that it was too early to address the reason for the attacks.
The suspects were reported for the first time in Regina, the provincial capital located more than 300 kilometers to the south. The alert and research then extended to the neighboring provinces of Manitoba and Alberta, a vast region half the size of Europe.
The Saskatchewan health authority told AFP that it has activated emergency protocols to deal with “a large number of critically ill patients”. Three helicopters and a doctor were sent from Saskatoon and Regina to transport the victims of the stab wounds.
In recent years, Canada has experienced a succession of events of rare violence. In April 2020, a shooter impersonated a police officer, killing 16 people in Nova Scotia. In January 2017, six people were killed and five injured in attacks on a Quebec mosque. And in 2018, a truck driver mowed down pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 and injuring 16.