At least ten people have been killed in several stabbings in quick succession in two villages in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, according to the police.
At least fifteen others were injured. Two suspects are on the run, probably in a black Nissan SUV.
The duo has claimed victims at at least 13 locations in the village of James Smith Cree Nation and the hamlet of Weldon, which is home to an indigenous community. The first report of a stabbing came to the police around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday morning (local time). More reports soon followed and an hour and a half later a warning was issued for the province of Saskatchewan and the neighboring provinces of Alberta and Manitoba.
Residents are asked to stay indoors, those on the road are advised not to take hitchhikers with them. The two suspects, a 30-year-old and a 31-year-old man, are considered “armed and dangerous”. They share the same family name. The search area for the police, the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, is together the size of half of Europe.
According to police, some victims were chosen at random, but others appear to have been attacked deliberately. A possible motive for the murders has not yet been released. A statement by indigenous leaders suggests that the facts are drug-related. Such mass murders are very rare in the country.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has described the stabbings on Twitter as “horrific and disturbing”. “My thoughts are with those who have lost someone dear to them and those who were injured,” Trudeau said.