Thursday, December 01, 2022

Canada: what is known about the mass stabbing attack

Police in Canada say two men are suspected in a series of stabbings that is one of the largest acts of mass violence in the country’s history.

Here is a summary of what is known about Sunday’s massacre:

What happened?

At least 10 people were killed and 18 injured in a series of stabbings at 13 different locations in the remote James Smith Cree Nation Indian community and neighboring Weldon, Saskatchewan province (the first report said 15 wounded) .

who is responsible?

The police identified the suspects as follows Miles Sanderson30 years, and Damien Sanderson31. The body of the latter was found this Monday near a house that was inspected by the authorities.

the body was “Visual Wounds” Assistant Commissioner of Police Rhonda Blackmore confirmed they were not self-inflicted.

Miles Sanderson is still at large.

The province’s website Crime Stoppers reported that Miles Sanderson was wanted for violating parole. The CBC public broadcaster said he went missing in May after serving a five-year sentence for assault and robbery.

What was the reason?

Police said it was too early to tell, but they added that “Some victims were targeted by suspects and others were targeted randomly.”

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Meanwhile, Indigenous leaders pointed to a possible connection to the drugs. Bobby Cameron, head of the Sovereign Indigenous Nations, condoles “Unspeakable violence that claimed the lives of innocent people. ,

Who were the victims?

Police have yet to identify him, but a local resident told the Saskatoon newspaper that his neighbor, a 77-year-old man who lived with his adult grandson, was killed. The grandson allegedly hid in the basement and called the police.

Another resident said a 49-year-old woman with two children also died.

What do police do?

Police issued arrest warrants against both the suspects on charges of first-degree murder, attempt to murder and vandalism and entering. Expect higher charges.

Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said on Monday that his force and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had worked through the night in a “relentless” search for suspects.

Officials have warned the people of the region, including neighboring provinces, to be on alert.

What reactions did it generate?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter that the attacks were “Horrible and Heartbreaking” and declared “Shocked and devastated”. He also expressed his condolences to all the affected.

European Union leaders, including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, condemned the attack and offered their condolences.

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People in the affected area said that they were deeply traumatised.

“It’s terrible, terrible”Diane Shearer, a resident of the city of Weldon, told the Saskatoon Star Phoenix newspaper. “We still have our doors locked, we stay in, we don’t go out.”

What other attacks have happened in Canada?

In recent years, a gunman disguised as a police officer has killed 22 people in Nova Scotia; Six people killed in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec; And a man driving a pickup truck through crowded sidewalks in Toronto killed 10 people.

Fuente: AFP

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