The Canadian authorities were looking for two “armed and dangerous” suspects after a stabbing spree in an Indigenous community and a nearby village in the province of Saskatchewan left at least 10 dead and 15 others injured on Sunday, reported The New York Times.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan said in a statement that “multiple” victims had been attacked at random in several locations across the James Smith Cree Nation and the village of Weldon.
The police warned residents in the area around Regina, the provincial capital, to shelter in place.
The authorities identified two suspects, Damien Sanderson, 31, and Myles Sanderson, 30, who might be traveling in a black Nissan Rogue. They said that their direction of travel was unknown and that they may have switched vehicles.
The police also asked residents of the neighboring provinces of Alberta and Manitoba to look out for the men. It was not immediately clear whether the two men were related.
At a news conference on Sunday afternoon in Regina, Rhonda Blackmore, a commander with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said that the police were working at 13 crime scenes and that in addition to the 10 deaths and 15 injuries, there might be more victims, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
In the wake of the stabbings, the James Smith Cree Nation declared a state of emergency until Sept. 30.
In a post on Twitter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the attacks in Saskatchewan “horrific and heartbreaking.”
Information about a motive was not immediately available, although the police said earlier on Sunday that some of the stabbings appeared to be targeted and others random.
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