Canada horror: 10 killed in knife attacks in remote area
Sylvie Claire / September 5, 2022
At least 10 people were killed and about 15 injured in knife attacks Sunday in two remote Canadian communities, one with a large indigenous population, said police, who launched a manhunt for two suspects.
Responding to emergency calls, police recovered 10 bodies in the indigenous community of James Smith Cree Nation and nearby Weldon in the western province of Saskatchewan, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Deputy Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore told a news conference.
Several other victims were injured, 15 of whom have so far been taken to various hospitals, she added, adding that police were searching for two suspects and investigating the numerous crime scenes.
The suspects were identified as two men named Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson, aged 30 and 31, with black hair and brown eyes.
They are believed to have fled in a black Nissan Rogue, Ms. Blackmore said. Police were deployed in full force to capture them.
Today's bombings in Saskatchewan are horrific and heartbreaking. My thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and those who have been injured, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter.
Police received a first call at 05:40 local time of a stabbing in James Smith Cree Nation, followed by others.
The community of James Smith Cree Nation, population 2,500, declared a local state of emergency. Saskatchewan residents were also asked to stay indoors for safety.
Weldon resident Diane Shier told the local Canadian Press that her neighbor, who lived with her grandson, had been killed. I am very upset because I have lost a good neighbor, she said.
Several of the victims have already been identified. Lana Head, a mother of two, and her partner were found dead on James Smith Cree Nation. Wes Patterson, a 77-year-old man, was found dead at his home in Weldon. His grandson was also present, but managed to hide before raising the alarm.