Manhunt opened in Canada after knife attacks

A manhunt has been launched in Canada for the two suspects in a series of stabbing attacks that occurred on Sunday in the indigenous community of James Smith Cree Nation and in the nearby town of Weldon, Saskatchewan (western province).

The suspects have been identified, two men named Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson, aged 30 and 31, with black hair and brown eyes. They apparently fled in a black Nissan Rogue, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore told a news conference. Police forces were deployed “at their maximum” to capture them.

The suspects were first reported in Regina, the provincial capital located more than 300 kilometers to the south. The alert and search then spread to the neighboring provinces of Manitoba and Alberta, a vast region half the size of Europe.

As a reminder, at least ten people were killed and fifteen injured during these stabbing attacks. Responding to emergency calls, police recovered ten bodies in the two Saskatchewan communities. According to Rhonda Blackmore, police received a first call at 5:40 a.m. local time reporting a stabbing attack at James Smith Cree Nation, followed by others.

Emergency protocols to deal with “a high number of patients”

The locality of James Smith Cree Nation, which has 2,500 inhabitants, has declared a local state of emergency. The people of Saskatchewan have also been asked to stay at home, for safety reasons. The health authority said it had activated emergency protocols to deal with “a high number of patients” in “critical” condition. Three helicopters and a doctor were dispatched to the scene from Saskatoon and Regina to transport the stabbed people. “Several other victims were injured, 15 of whom have so far been transported to various hospitals,” said Rhonda Blackmore, stressing that the police were investigating “the numerous crime scenes”.

“Today’s attacks in Saskatchewan are horrific and heartbreaking,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter. Provincial leader Scott Moe said he “has no words to adequately describe the pain and loss caused by this senseless violence.”

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