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Photos of Myles Sanderson (left) and Damien Sanderson (right), the two suspects in the stabbings in the province of Saskatchewan, released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on September 4, 2022.
CANADA – The hunt continues. While Damien Sanderson, one of the two brothers suspected of having killed ten people on Sunday at Canada was found dead on Tuesday, September 5, the search is still continuing to find Myles, the second suspect of these attacks among the deadliest in the country in recent years and the reason for which remains unexplained.
While the police suspected a leak in Regina, the capital of the province located more than 300 km from the scene, the body of Damien Sanderson, 31, was finally discovered in the indigenous community where the murders took place.
1/2 Update for Dangerous Person Alert issued by Melfort RCMP: Damien Sanderson has been located deceased. #RCMPSK c… https://t.co/BP2Ur8Qyj6
— RCMP Saskatchewan (@RCMPSK)
He wore several “visible wounds” and was discovered “in a grassy area, near a house” being inspected,” said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore. “We can’t say for sure how Damian died, but he may have been killed by his brother”she added.
In the evening, Myles was “still at large and is still considered armed and dangerous” Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said in a video. The latter again asked residents to report “Anything unusual or any information you may have that could help resolve this situation quickly”.
The #RCMP is continuing to search for Myles Sanderson. Please continue to follow directions from police during this… https://t.co/bKKwRGHCGW
— RCMP (@rcmpgrcpolice)
Myles Sanderson, 30, is possibly injured and may have “need for care” police said. He has already been wanted since last May for not having respected his judicial control, and had been sentenced to nearly five years in prison, in particular for theft.
Anger and fear mingle among the inhabitants
According to the latest official report, 18 people were injured, some seriously, in two isolated towns in the mid-west of the country, in the province of Saskatchewan. As of Monday evening, 13 victims were still in hospital, four of them in critical condition, according to provincial health authorities.
Since Sunday, in the middle of a long weekend in Canada, hundreds of police have been tracking the suspects in a huge area of the prairie region. The killings affected an Indigenous community in James Smith Cree Nation and the nearby town of Weldon in Saskatchewan, a large, sparsely populated rural province in the mid-west of the country.
The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lamented on Monday that this type of deadly attacks are “became too common”. “This type of violence has no place in our country”did he declare.
Today’s attacks in Saskatchewan are horrific and heartbreaking. My thoughts are with those who have p… https://t.co/Vc2xhqTcL2
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau)
In the province, the inhabitants are in shock. “No one in this town ever goes to sleep again. They’re going to be terrified to open their door.”told local Saskatoon daily StarPhoenix Ruby Works, who lives in Weldon. “I am tearful, I am angry”Melissa Harp, another resident whose brother-in-law was killed, told the daily The Press.
According to the police, who did not give details of their identities, some victims were targeted by the suspects and others were randomly attacked. Among the first identified by Canadian media are a 77-year-old retiree, a female first aider and her 14-year-old nephew.
The majority of the victims are indigenous. In Canada, they represent about 5% of the 38 million inhabitants, and live in communities often ravaged by unemployment and poverty.
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