Stabbings in Canada kill 10, wounding 15, with suspects still at large

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By AP  with Euronews
Investigators gather in front of the scene of a stabbing in Weldon, Saskatchewan, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022.
Investigators gather in front of the scene of a stabbing in Weldon, Saskatchewan, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022.   -  Copyright  Heywood Yu/The Canadian Press via AP

Canadian police are continuing the search for two suspects believed to have stabbed to death 10 people in an Indigenous community in Saskatchewan and a nearby town.

It is one of the deadliest mass killings in the country’s history. 

The suspects also injured 15 people.

On Sunday evening, police said a vehicle reportedly carrying the two suspects had been spotted in Regina, about 335 kilometres south of the communities where the stabbings occurred.

The suspects were identified as Damien Sanderson, 31, and Myles Sanderson, 30.

“No one in this town is ever going to sleep again. They’re going to be terrified to open their door,″ said Weldon resident Ruby Works, who was close to one of the victims.

“It is horrific what has occurred in our province today,” said Rhonda Blackmore, the Assistant Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan, adding there were 13 crime scenes where either deceased or injured people were found.

Blackmore said some of the victims appear to have been targeted by the suspects but others appear to have been attacked at random.

The chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations gave a statement suggesting the stabbings could be drug-related.

Chakastaypasin Chief Calvin Sanderson – who is not related to the suspects – said that everyone had been affected by the tragic events.

“They were our relatives, friends,″ he said of the victims. “It’s pretty horrific.”

Yesterday’s events were among the deadliest mass killings in Canadian history. 

The deadliest gun rampage in the country occurred in 2020, when a man disguised as a police officer shot people in their homes and set fires across the province of Nova Scotia, killing 22 people.

Three years ago, in Toronto, a man rammed his van into pedestrians, killing ten.