10 killed, at least 15 injured in stabbing in Saskatchewan – Canadian police

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OTTAWA, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Canadian police said on Sunday they were looking for two suspects believed to have killed 10 people and wounded at least 15 others in stabbing attacks in the province of Saskatchewan.

Police named Damien Sanderson and Miles Sanderson as suspects and said they were traveling in a black Nissan Rogue.

The stabbings were reported earlier in the morning and police issued a dangerous person alert across the province at 8:20am local time. In the afternoon, similar warnings were issued in Saskatchewan’s neighboring provinces of Alberta and Manitoba.

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Rhonda Blackmore, commanding officer of the Saskatchewan Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said officers do not know if they switched vehicles.

“Their whereabouts and direction of travel are unknown,” Blackmore said. “What happened in our province today is appalling.”

Blackmore said police are still in the early stages of the investigation, trying to determine the relationship between the two suspects and whether they are known to police.

The attacks took place in multiple locations, including on the James Smith Cree Nation and in Weldon, Saskatchewan, and police are investigating 13 crime scenes, according to RCMP in Saskatchewan.

Police said some of the victims were targeted by the suspects, while others were attacked at random.

The injured may be taken to various hospitals, police told reporters.

A spokesperson for the Saskatchewan Health Authority said in a statement that the department called in additional staff to respond to the situation.

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Reporting by Ismail Shakil and Michael Martina; Editing by Mark Porter

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