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Manhunt continues for two suspects after stabbings in Saskatchewan

The manhunt continues for two suspects after a barrage of stabbings in Saskatchewan that left ten people dead and 15 others hospitalized.

On Sunday morning at 5:40, the RCMP were alerted to a stabbing in the James Smith Cree Nation. Minutes later there were multiple calls reporting additional stabbings, at different locations in the community. The suspects named were Damien Sanderson and Miles Sanderson.

At 7:12 am, police issued an initial Dangerous Persons Alert to residents of the James Smith Cree Nation and surrounding communities – including Candle Lake, Prince Albert, Melfort, Humboldt and Rosthern – informing the public of stabbings being committed by two male suspects, and asking the public to seek immediate shelter and shelter in place.

By 8:20 am, the Dangerous Persons Alert was extended to the entire Province of Saskatchewan. Police later sent requests to Manitoba RCMP and Alberta RCMP to extend the Dangerous Persons Alert to the residents of their provinces.

The two suspects were travelling in a black SUV with Saskatchewan licence plate 119 MPI. Some victims were believed to be attacked randomly.

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore, the Commanding Officer of Saskatchewan RCMP, said in a statement, "at this point in our investigation, we have located 10 deceased individuals and are investigating 13 locations in the communities of the James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon in Saskatchewan."

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said, "I want to offer my deepest condolences on behalf of the government and people of Saskatchewan to all of the family and friends of the victims of today’s horrific attacks."

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, "to James Smith Cree Nation and the people of Saskatchewan: You are in our thoughts. We are here to support you during this difficult time."

The Hope for Wellness Helpline offers support to Indigenous Peoples. Counsellors are available by phone or online chat. This service is available in English and French, and, upon request, in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310.


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