Massive knife attack in Canada: Trudeau urges public to ‘be careful’ of two men suspected of killing 10 people

Justin Trudeau has urged Canadians to “be careful” as two men suspected of killing 10 people in a stabbing attack remain at large.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Damien Sanderson, 31, and Myles Sanderson, 30, for murder and attempted murder.

A 14-year-old boy, a mother of two, a 77-year-old widower and a rescue worker were identified as among those killed.

At least 18 other people were injured in the series of knife attacks in an aboriginal community and a nearby town in the province of Saskatchewan.

It is one of the deadliest massacres in Canada‘s story.

In a televised statement, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau called the stabbings “shocking and heartbreaking”.

“This type of violence, or any type of violence, has no place in our country,” he said.

“The priority is to protect you and your loved ones, so be careful.

“If you see anything, if you have any information, please call 911 to share.

“Unfortunately, in recent years, tragedies like these have become all too common.”

The two suspects were seen in a black Nissan Rogue, which was spotted more than 200 miles south of the area where the stabbings took place.

A woman posted a photo of the vehicle on Facebook, captioning: “Here are my brothers [sic] vehicle they took when they drove into our home this morning in James Smith’s Cree Nation.

“We (can’t) care less about the vehicle, but let those freaks get caught.”

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The suspects were seen traveling in a Nissan Rogue SUV

Police have not released a possible motive, but a statement from an indigenous group suggested the stabbings could be drug-related.

Myles Sanderson has been “illegally at large” since May when a local crime appeal was launched in a bid to find him.

He was serving a nearly five-year sentence for offenses including assault and robbery and was granted parole, but then disappeared, according to CBC News.

Who were the victims?

Some of the victims appear to have been attacked at random, while others were allegedly targeted, officers said.

One of the victims was named Lana Head, whose former partner posted a heartfelt tribute on Facebook.

Michael Brett Burns, who had two daughters with Ms Head, wrote: “We will miss you very much Lana. Thank you for the beautiful daughters and granddaughters. Love.”

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Lana Head, mother of two, was killed in the mass stabbings

Speaking to the Indigenous Peoples Television Network, Mr Burns said: “It’s crazy how prison, drugs and alcohol can destroy many lives. I’m hurt for all this loss.”

Ivor and Darryl Burns said their sister Gloria was among the dead.

“She was massacred (…) with her friend and a 14-year-old boy, all three,” said Ivor Burns.

Gloria was an emergency services worker who responded to a crisis call and died after being caught up in the violence, Darryl Burns said.

Another victim was named Wes Petterson, a 77-year-old widower described by local residents as a “kind and generous man” who “wouldn’t hurt a fly”.

Her adult grandson was in the basement at the time and called police, a neighbor said.

The attacks occurred at multiple locations in James Smith’s Cree Nation and in the village of Weldon, with police investigating 13 crime scenes.

“We will not stop until the suspects are in custody”

In an update Monday, Regina Police Department chief Evan Bray said the two suspects were “still at large” despite “continuing and tireless efforts” to find them.

“We will not stop this investigation until we get these two people to safety,” he said.

“We are confident that someone knows the whereabouts of these two and has information that would be valuable to law enforcement.

“I urge you to contact your local police department to let us know.

“There’s a lot of grief, there’s a lot of anxiety in our province and in our communities.”

Bobby Cameron, leader of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, said: “This is the destruction we face when harmful illegal drugs invade our communities, and we call on all authorities to follow the instructions of chiefs and councils and their members to create safer and healthier communities for our people.”

Large numbers of people were in the area, as a sold-out Canadian Football League holiday game played out in nearby Regina.

Massive knife attack in Canada: Trudeau urges public to ‘be careful’ of two men suspected of killing 10 people

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