one suspect was found dead, the other was on the run

The body of one of the two suspects in the knife attacks that left ten dead and eighteen injured in Canada on Sunday was found in one of the localities where the killings took place, it was announced on Monday 5 September , the police.

While the authorities suspect that there is a leak in Regina, the capital of the province of Saskatchewan which is more than 300 km from the place of the tragedy, the body of Damien Sanderson, 31, who brought many “visible wounds”, discovered by the Aboriginal community of the James Smith Cree Nation. He is “in a grassy area, near a house that was checked”explained the deputy commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Rhonda Blackmore.

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The other suspect, his brother Myles Sanderson, 35, is considered free and possibly injured, he added in a press conference. He might be there “need to care”. “We can’t say for sure how Damian died, but his brother probably killed him”he added.

Hundreds of police officers mobilized

Police say Myles Sanderson represents a “threatening”. “We always recommend people to be vigilant, it is considered dangerous. His actions show that he is violent”, the police added. 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.

Hundreds of police have been mobilized since Sunday to find these men suspected of a series of attacks whose motives remain unknown. The police counted thirteen crime scenes in remote localities in the center-west of the country, including an indigenous community.

Authorities did not immediately provide information on the victims. But most of them are natives. In Canada, they represent about 5% of the country’s population – estimated at more than 38 million inhabitants – and live in communities often marred by unemployment and poverty. According to the police, some victims were targeted by the suspects and others were randomly attacked.

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The community of the James Smith Cree Nation, with a population of 2,500, has declared a local state of emergency. Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations leader Bobby Cameron lamented “The unspeakable violence that killed innocent people”. In a statement, he blamed the attacks on “Illegal drugs are invading our communities”.

Attacks “have become too common”, Trudeau lamented

In recent years, Canada has experienced a series of events of extraordinary violence. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lamented on Monday that these types of deadly attacks “became too common” in the country.

In April 2020, a shooter posing as a police officer killed twenty-two people in Nova Scotia. In January 2017, six people were killed and five were injured in attacks targeting a mosque in Quebec.

“This kind of violence has no place in our country”he said, calling on the residents of the province to be careful and cooperate with the police.

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Many international officials expressed their support for Canada in the wake of this tragedy. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke about the attacks “terrible and devastating”and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid tweeted that his country stood by “with Canadians in the face of such senseless violence”.

The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, who said that he “terrified”have, he, promised to “paying tribute to the victims” during his visit to Saskatoon in two weeks.

The World with AFP

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