In the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, at least ten people died and 15 people were injured in a series of stabbing attacks. It was reported by the AP agency. Police are looking for two suspects who are on the run. According to her, they are armed and dangerous.
Saskatchewan Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Commander Rhonda Blackmore said at a press conference Sunday that the dead and injured were found at 13 different locations in a rural area northeast of Saskatoon. The police received a report of the first stabbings at 1:40 p.m. CEST. According to Blackmore, the attackers targeted some people on purpose, while others appeared to be accidental victims.
The motive for the attack is not yet known, however representatives of the indigenous communities speak of a “drug connection”. “This is the devastating consequence of harmful illegal drugs disrupting our communities,” said the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, which brings together 74 Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan
“What happened in our province today is horrific,” said Blackmore, who said the dead were in the village of Weldon and the nearby James Smith Cree Nation reservation, home to about 3,400 people who live mostly on agriculture, fishing and hunting. Weldon has a population of roughly 200.
“The suspects are on the run, we have decided to extend the alert to (the provinces of) Manitoba and Alberta,” police said in a statement. She especially warned residents of towns where, according to witnesses, the attackers were moving. The pair of men were spotted fleeing in a black Nissan Rouge passenger car in Regina, about 320 kilometers south of Weldon.
“If you’re in the Regina area, be careful and think about possible shelter. Don’t leave safe places. Don’t approach suspicious persons. Don’t take trackers,” https://twitter.com/RCMPSK/status/1566496163582328837 police on Twitter. She also published photos of the suspects – 31-year-old Damien Sanderson and 30-year-old Myles Sanderson. It is not clear if they are related.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority said that several hospitals received the injured after the first casualties were reported on Sunday morning local time (afternoon CET). Helicopters flew for some.
“Today’s attacks in Saskatchewan are horrific and heartbreaking. My thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and those injured.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “There are no words to describe the pain and loss this senseless violence has caused,”
The attacks in Saskatchewan today are horrific and heartbreaking. I’m thinking of those who have lost a loved one and of those who were injured.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 4, 2022
Saskatchewan Governor Scott Moe tweeted.
There are no words to adequately describe the pain and loss caused by this senseless violence.— Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) September 4, 2022
All of Saskatchewan grieves with the victims and their families.
“It’s terrible how being in prison, alcohol and drugs destroy so many lives,” Michael Brett Burns, whose partner and mother of two is one of the victims of the attack, told Canadian television station APTN.