Stabbings took place in at least 13 locations in Saskatchewan, killing ten and injuring 15 others on Sunday (4/9) morning.
“Today’s attack in Saskatchewan is horrific and heartbreaking. My thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and those who have been injured,” Trudeau said in a statement on Twitter.
“We are closely monitoring the current situation and ask every citizen to keep up to date with the latest developments from local authorities,” he continued.
Canadian authorities have identified two suspects in the incident, namely Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson. The couple are still on the run and reportedly fled in a black Nissan Rogue.
According to Canadian Police Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore, the first stabbing was reported at 5:40 a.m. local time. After a few minutes, his party received various reports regarding the stabbings.
Blackmore also said it looked like some of the victims had been targeted all along, but some were random targets.
A number of areas in Saskatchewan, such as James Smith First Nation, also announced civil security emergency status because two suspects were still wanted.
James Smith First Nation is an Indigenous community area of the Plains Cree Indigenous group which includes a reserve area. The region has a population of 3,400, the majority of whom work as farmers, hunters and fishermen.
Former elected officials in the region have declared a state of emergency in response to the massive stabbing attacks. The local government also set up two emergency operations centers to deal with this deadliest incident in modern Canadian history.
Similar warnings were issued in the neighboring provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba.
The police warnings urge residents to report if they have any information and see any suspicious movements from the suspects.
Residents are also being asked to be more vigilant, stay away from crowds and refuse to take a hit or approach suspicious people.
“Do not leave a safe place. Be careful when allowing others to enter your residence,” a police officer said.
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