Canada: at least 10 dead in knife attacks, two men actively sought – La Provence

Monday 05/09/2022 at 07:19 – Updated at 07:42 News By La Provence (with AFP) At least ten people were killed and around fifteen injured in stabbing attacks on Sunday in two isolated localities in Canada including with a large indigenous population, said the police who launched a manhunt for two suspects in what constitutes one of the deadliest attacks in the country. Responding to emergency calls, Police have recovered ten bodies in the James Smith Cree Nation indigenous community and in the nearby town of Weldon, Saskatchewan (Western Province), Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said during a press conference. “Several other victims were injured, 15 of whom have so far been transported to various hospitals,” she added, adding that the police were looking for “two suspects” and investigating “the numerous crime scenes”. The suspects were identified, two men called Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson, aged 30 and 31, with black hair and brown eyes. They would have fled in a black Nissan Rogue, said Ms Blackmore. Police forces have been deployed “at their fullest” to capture them. “Today’s attacks in Saskatchewan are horrific and heartbreaking. I am thinking of those who have lost loved ones and those who have been injured,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter. Provincial Premier Scott Moe said he “has no words to adequately describe the pain and loss caused by this senseless violence.” had received a first call at 5:40 a.m. local time (1:40 p.m. in France) reporting a stabbing attack in James Smith Cree Nation, followed by others. The locality of James Smith Cree Nation, populated by 2,500 inhabitants, declared a local state of emergency. Saskatchewan residents have also been asked to stay home for safety. “Critical Patients” Weldon resident Diane Shier told local media outlet Canadian Press that her neighbor, who lived with her grandson, had been killed. “I am very affected because I lost a good neighbour,” she said. Authorities believe “some of the victims were targeted by the suspects and others were randomly attacked,” she said. she said, stressing that it was too early to discuss the motive for these attacks. The suspects were first reported in Regina, the provincial capital located more than 300 kilometers to the south. are 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 the protocols for emergency to deal with “a high number of critical patients”. Three helicopters and a doctor were dispatched from Saskatoon and Regina to transport the stabbed victims. In recent years, Canada has experienced a succession of events from a 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 at a Quebec mosque. And in 2018, a pickup truck driver mowed down pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 and injuring 16.