Canada Stabs: Suspects identified as Damien and Miles Sanderson,
A wave of stabbings in an Aboriginal community and a nearby town in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan left at least 10 people dead and 15 injured on Sunday, as two suspects were pursued, police said.
Rhonda Blackmore, assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said at a news conference that police had found 10 dead in the remote Aboriginal community of the James Smith Cree Nation and the nearby town of Weldon in Saskatchewan.
She said at least 15 other people were injured and taken to hospitals.
“We are actively searching for the two suspects,” she added.
The alleged attackers fled in a car and were identified as Miles and Damian Sanderson, ages 30 and 31, respectively, with black hair and brown eyes.
The James Smith Cree nation of 2,500 has declared a local emergency, while many Saskatchewan residents have been urged to shelter in place.
The attacks in Saskatchewan today are horrific and heartbreaking. I think of those who have lost loved ones and those who have been injured.
“I am very upset that I lost a good neighbour,” she told the Canadian press.
Police resources “maximum”
A Dangerous Person Alert was issued this morning in Saskatchewan, as police responded to multiple stabbings at multiple locations in the Weldon Aboriginal community.
Blackmore said police received a call at 5:40 a.m. (11:40 GMT) about a stabbing incident in the James Smith Cree area, quickly followed by more calls reporting more stabbings, in a total of 13 separate locations.
It added that several checkpoints have been set up on highways and roads across the area, where “maximum” police resources have been deployed to search for suspects.
After reports of sightings of the two men in Regina, the provincial capital more than 300 kilometers (185 miles) to the south, the alert and search expanded to include the neighboring provinces of Manitoba and Alberta — a vast region roughly half the size of Europe.
In Regina, Police Chief Evan Bray said authorities were on high alert with additional officers deployed as sports fans descended on the city for the Labor Day weekend game between the Saskatchewan Rogrids and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority told AFP in a statement that it had activated emergency protocols to deal with “a significant number of patients in critical condition.”
She added: “We can confirm that several people are being screened and cared for in multiple locations and that an additional staff member is being called to help respond to this situation.”
Three helicopters were sent from Saskatoon and Regina to remote northern communities to pick up stabbing victims and bring a doctor to the scene.