Crime & Justice

Manhunt after mass stabbing spree kills 10, injures 15 in Canada

Toronto, Canada, Sep 4 (EFE).- A manhunt was underway after at least 10 people were killed and another 15 wounded in a mass stabbing spree in 13 locations in Canada’s Saskatchewan province on Sunday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said.

The RCMP received a first emergency call around 5.40 am local time (11:40 GMT) about a stabbing in James Smith Cree Nation, and shortly after began receiving numerous reports of stabbings in other locations.

“At this point in our investigation, we have located 10 deceased individuals and are investigating 13 locations in the communities of the James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon in Saskatchewan,” commanding officer of the Saskatchewan RCMP, Rhonda Blackmore, said in a statement.

“Several additional victims have been injured, 15 of which at this point have been transported to various hospitals. There may be additional injured victims who transported themselves to the various hospitals.”

Some victims appear to have been targeted, while others were attacked at random, she said, although motives are unknown.

The authorities are searching for two suspects: Damien Sanderson, 31, and Myles Sanderson, 30.

They are on the run and considered armed and dangerous. The men were last seen in Regina around lunchtime and are thought to be driving a black Nissan Rogue SUV.

“If they are listening, I would like to ask them to turn themselves in to police,” Blackmore said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement that the attacks were “horrific and heartbreaking.”

“I’m thinking of those who have lost a loved one and of those who were injured.

“We are closely monitoring the situation, and urge everyone to follow updates from local authorities. Thank you to all the brave first responders for their efforts on the ground,” he said.

Saskatchewan premier, Scott Moe, tweeted: “There are no words to adequately describe the pain and loss caused by this senseless violence. All of Saskatchewan grieves with the victims and their families.” EFE


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