Rhonda Blackmore of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said at a press conference: – The number of injured may be higher, because some of the victims may have reached hospitals on their own.
The knife attacks occurred at at least 13 locations in the James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon region of Saskatchewan in the central part of the country. Canadian police have identified two suspects – Damien Sanderson and Miles Sanderson. The men are left free to travel in a black Nissan Rogue.
At the press conference, the police did not provide information about the motives of the attackers. She only mentioned that at least some of the victims seemed accidental.
The floor was addressed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “The attacks in Saskatchewan are horrific and heartbreaking. I am thinking of those who have lost loved ones and been injured. We are monitoring the situation and urging everyone to follow the guidance of the local authorities,” the prime minister wrote on social media.
The devices initially issued an attacker’s warning to the people of Saskatchewan, and later expanded it to the neighboring provinces of Alberta and Manitoba.
The alert recommends staying home, not approaching suspicious people, not taking hikers, and not mentioning where police patrols are spotted.
CBC public television reported that three ambulance helicopters flew to the site of one of the attacks and took three people to hospitals.
Police in Regina, the provincial capital of Saskatchewan, said in a news release Sunday that they support an investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and are strengthening security “across the city, including the ongoing NFL game at Mosaic Stadium.” Local police say the suspects were seen in Regina before noon local time.
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