Ten people were killed and several others injured Sunday in stabbing attacks in two remote communities in Canada, police said. She launched a manhunt in three provinces to find two suspects.
“We have located 10 people who have died at 13 locations in the James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon communities of Saskatchewan,” the western province of the country, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said during a ‘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”.
A dangerous person alert was issued Sunday morning to people across the province of Saskatchewan by police responding to ‘multiple stabbings at multiple locations’ in the James Smith Cree Aboriginal community Nation and the nearby village of Weldon.
Police received a first call at 5:40 a.m. local time reporting a stabbing attack at James Smith Cree Nation, followed by others, Ms Blackmore said. Authorities believe ‘some of the victims were targeted by the suspects and others were randomly attacked’, she said.
The suspects were first reported in Regina, the provincial capital located more than 300 kilometers to the south. Then the alert and search then spread to the neighboring provinces of Manitoba and Alberta, a vast region half the size of Europe.
The Saskatchewan health authority told AFP it had activated emergency protocols to deal with “a high number of critical patients”. “We can confirm that multiple people are being directed and supported across multiple sites and a call for additional staff to help respond to this situation has been made,” she added.