Canadian authorities hunt down suspects in mass stabbing that left 10 people dead

Police investigations point to two suspects in one of the biggest massacres the country has ever seen.

Police in Canada continue to search for the two suspects in the mass stabbing incident that left 10 dead and 19 injured at several locations in the town of James Smith Cree Nation, in the province of Saskatchewan. As reported by the police, there could be further injuries as a result of the attack.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) named Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson as suspects after they were seen near the scene.

They are 31 and 30 years old, respectively. Damien has black hair, brown eyes and weighs about 70 kilos while Myles has brown eyes and hair and a larger build (about 100 kilos and very tall). According to Reuters, Myles was declared "unlawfully at large" by police.

RCMP Deputy Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said the suspected killers are likely to be in Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan. For this reason, he has alerted city residents and asked them to notify security forces if they see them.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the attacks "horrific and heartbreaking" and called for citizen cooperation in finding the suspects.

Other killings

This is not the first time similar events have occurred in Canada. April 2020 saw the largest mass shooting the country has ever seen, when Gabriel Wortman killed 22 people and wounded three others in Nova Scotia. The killer appeared dressed as a police officer when he randomly perpetrated the murders.

Between 2017 and 2018, three mass shootings occured in different cities. In Quebec, six people were killed and 19 injured in 2017. A year later, two people were shot dead in Toronto in an attack claimed by the Islamic State, another attack resulted in four civilians being killed in Fredericton, including two police officers.

Years earlier, in 2006, one person was killed and 19 were injured at Dawson College in Westmount, Quebec.

In 1989, Marc Lépine attacked the Polytechnique de Montréal where he killed 14 women and wounded 14 others, the largest massacre until the attack in Nova Scotia in 2020.