The Daily Telegraph

Knifeman on run after 10 die in Canada rampage

- By Josie Ensor US CORRESPOND­ENT

A MANHUNT was under way in rural Canada last night for a suspect who stabbed to death 10 people and wounded 18 others in a rare attack on an indigenous town.

The killings in the James Smith Cree Nation and the town of Weldon in Saskatchew­an, a province that borders the US to the south, are among the deadliest incidents of mass violence that the country has experience­d.

Authoritie­s told local residents to shelter at home as they searched for Myles Sanderson, 30, who was considered armed and dangerous.

Mr Sanderson is thought to have carried out the stabbings with his brother, Damien, 31, who was found dead yesterday afternoon with wounds that did not appear to be self-inflicted.

Myles may have sustained injuries and may be seeking medical attention, authoritie­s told a press conference.

The police were investigat­ing 13 crime scenes, and said they believed that the suspects had targeted some victims while others were attacked randomly.

No motive had been establishe­d last night, but a senior indigenous leader suggested drugs were involved.

“This is the destructio­n we face when harmful illegal drugs invade our communitie­s, and we demand all authoritie­s to take direction from the chiefs and councils and their membership to create safer and healthier communitie­s for our people,” said Bobby Cameron, chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations.

Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, said he was “shocked and devastated by the horrific attacks”, adding in a statement that Canadians are mourning this “tragic violence”.

Among the victims named on Monday was Lana Head, a mother of two who worked as a security guard.

Diane Shier, a Weldon resident, told the daily Saskatoon Star Phoenix newspaper that her neighbour, a man who lived with his adult grandson, was killed in the attack

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