10 killed in stabbing incident in remote area, two suspects absconding, manhunt underway

Two suspects are absconding. They were identified as Damien Sanderson, 31, and Miles Sanderson, 30. Police quickly released a description of them.

“We have found 10 dead people in 13 locations in the James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon, Saskatchewan, in the western province of the country,” Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said during an interview.

“Several victims have been injured, 15 of whom have been taken to various hospitals so far,” he added, adding that police were searching for “two suspects” and investigating “numerous crime scenes”.

A dangerous person alert was issued Sunday morning to people across the province of Saskatchewan as police responded to “multiple stabbings at multiple locations” in the James Smith Cree tribal community.

Police received the first call about a stabbing on the James Smith Cree Nation at 5:40 a.m. local time, followed by others, Ms. Blackmore said.

“Authorities believe some of the victims were targeted by the suspects and others were randomly attacked,” he said.

Suspects were first reported in the provincial capital of Regina, 300 kilometers to the south.

The alert and search later spread to the neighboring provinces of Manitoba and Alberta, an area half the size of Europe.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority told AFP it had implemented emergency protocols to deal with a “large number of critical patients”.

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“We can confirm that a number of people are being guided and supported across multiple sites and a call for additional staff has been put in place to respond to this situation,” he added.

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