A series of stabbings left 10 dead and 15 injured Sunday in two remote Saskatchewan communities.
Places called Manhunt in Canada. The towns of James Smith Crew Nation and Waledon woke up in mourning on Monday after several knife attacks that left ten dead and fifteen injured in these two isolated localities in Saskatchewan, a province of the country.
While the population is still trying to understand the reasons that motivated the two suspects to act, the latter is actively sought by the authorities.
• One of the bloodiest attacks in the country
Canadian police received the first call at 5:40 a.m. local time reporting a stabbing attack in the James Smith Cree Nation, followed by others. Authorities found ten bodies in the Aboriginal community and the nearby town of Weldon in the western province of Saskatchewan.
“Several other victims were injured, 15 of whom have been taken to various hospitals,” said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore at a press conference.
A sign of the scale of the tragedy: the locality of the James Smith Cree Nation, with 2,500 inhabitants, declared a state of local emergency. People in Saskatchewan are also being asked to stay home, for safety reasons. Alerts and searches are also being extended to the neighboring provinces of Manitoba and Alberta.
The country with the maple leaf has been affected in recent years by a series of dramatic events. In January 2017, six people were killed and 19 injured in attacks targeting the Grand Mosque in Quebec. In April 2020, 22 people were killed by a shooter posing as a police officer in Nova Scotia, the deadliest shooting on Canadian soil.
• “Targeted” victims, some “randomly attacked”
No information has yet been released about the victims of these attacks. However, Canadian police “believe” that some of those killed were “targeted by suspects and others were attacked randomly.
“Talking about a pattern is very difficult at the moment,” added Rhonda Blackmore.
The fact that these attacks took place in a town inhabited by an Aboriginal community did not fail to react to Bobby Cameron, leader of the Federation of Sovereign Aboriginal Nations in Saskatchewan. “This is the devastation we face when harmful illegal drugs invade our communities,” he wrote in a statement reported by Radio Canada.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded by calling the attacks “horrific and heartbreaking”.
• Suspects are still being sought, arrest warrants have been issued
The suspects were quickly identified: they are two men, Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson, 30 and 31 years old, with black hair and brown eyes. The two people, whose family is related or has not been released, apparently fled in a black Nissan Rogue. Police forces said they were deployed “in full force” to arrest them.
“Unfortunately both men remain at large despite the relentless efforts throughout the night by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Regina Police,” said Regina Police Chief Evan Bray in a video posted on Twitter. .
The police estimate that the two suspects may be hiding in this city, the capital of the province of Saskatchewan and which is more than 300 km south of the place of the tragedy.
In his video, the Regina police chief once again turned to evidence to track down the suspects. “We’re confident that someone knows where both (suspects) are and has information that could be valuable to law enforcement,” Evan Bray said. The police have issued an arrest warrant for the two identified men.
Myles Sanderson, according to the Saskatoon Police Department, has been wanted by law enforcement since May for failing to comply with his judicial control. He was sentenced to almost five years in prison, mainly for theft.