On Monday, local police announced that they had charged the suspects in Sunday’s attacks in Canada, in which 10 people were stabbed to death. However, two men, 31-year-old Damian Sanderson and 30-year-old Miles Sanderson, remain on the run and police have launched an intense manhunt for them, Reuters reported.
The men allegedly attacked with a stabbing weapon at thirteen different locations in a rural area northeast of Saskatoon, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. In addition to the ten dead, the attack wounded at least eighteen others.
The attacks are among the most tragic in recent Canadian history. The motive is unknown, however, representatives of indigenous communities speak of a “drug affair”.
“This is the devastating outcome of the harmful illicit drugs that are disrupting our communities,” said the Indigenous Peoples Federation, which represents 74 Aboriginal communities in Saskatchewan. According to the police, the perpetrators chose some of the victims deliberately, and others apparently by chance.
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“I want to tell people in Saskatchewan and beyond to make sure we use all the human, investigative and technological resources available to us to find and apprehend those responsible for this tragedy and to ensure your safety,” said Rhonda Blackmore, chairperson. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in the Province of Saskatchewan. According to her, hundreds of police officers and other people are involved in the investigation.
Police added that the accused was last seen on Sunday driving a black Nissan Rogue in the city of Regina, about 320 km south of the site of the attacks in the James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon Village.
“We are sure that someone knows the whereabouts of these two men and has information that will be of great value to the police. We encourage you to contact the local police in your country,” Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said.
Among the first victims identified were a mother of two, a 77-year-old widow and a 14-year-old boy. Just hours before the attack, Lana Head, a mother of two daughters, wrote in a Facebook post that she had “so many wonderful memories to keep.”
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Friends and family were shocked by her death and expressed their condolences on social networks, among other things. Her ex-partner also spoke to local media and also suggested that the attack might be drug and alcohol related. “It’s crazy how prisons, drugs and alcohol can ruin so many lives,” Michael Brett Burns said in an interview with Aboriginal Television Network.
Ten people died, including my sister. She was killed… with another friend and a fourteen-year-old boy. “The three are dead,” said Ivor Burns, whose sister Gloria was also among the dead.
“Meanwhile, Gloria has arrived at the scene of the tragedy to help. She responded to an emergency call, but found herself alone in the midst of the violence,” said her sister, Daryl Burns.
Weldon villagers identified one of the victims as Wes Peterson, a 77-year-old widower. “He was a wonderful guy,” remembers 89-year-old neighbor Doreen Lees.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to the attacks, saying: “This kind of violence or any violence has no place in our country.” He also noted, “Unfortunately, similar tragedies have become more frequent in recent years.”