the hunt is accelerating to find the second suspect

the hunt is accelerating to find the second suspect
Canadian police were still on Tuesday, September 6, looking for the second and last surviving suspect after the deadly attacks that took place in Canada on Sunday.

The locality of James Smith Cree Nation, one of the theaters Sunday’s deadly attacks in Canadaremained on alert for several hours, Tuesday, September 5 in the middle of the day, with the deployment of numerous police forces to try to apprehend the last surviving suspect.

After asking residents to take shelter via a message broadcast on all cell phones, many police cars arrived in this isolated locality in central-western Canada, noted journalists from Agence France- Press on the spot.

Two brothers from the region – Damien and Myles Sanderson – are suspected of having spread terror on Sunday in this village and the one next door by stabbing ten people to death and injuring eighteen others before s ‘escape.


Since then, hundreds of police have launched a major manhunt. After more than a day of tracking, the police finally discovered the body of Damien Sanderson, 31, near one of the localities where the murders took place. The circumstances of his death remain to be clarified, but he could have been killed by his brother, according to the police.

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With Myles Sanderson, 32, still nowhere to be found, police on Tuesday asked residents to stay “cautious” because it is “armed and dangerous”. At the end of the day Tuesday, Evan Bray, the chief of police of Regina, the capital of the province, explained that the hunt was no longer targeted on a particular city but had now “extended to the whole province”.

Known to the police and the justice system, this suspect, who could himself be injured, had already been wanted since last May for not having respected his judicial control. He had been sentenced to almost five years in prison, in particular for theft. Canadian Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino told reporters on Tuesday evening that a ” investigation “ would be open about the decision to grant him parole.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeated on Tuesday that the maximum means were used “to be able to put an end to this situation”. And finally “allowing people to grieve without fear” after this “horrible and traumatic event”.

The murders affected first this indigenous community in James Smith Cree Nation and then the neighboring town of Weldon in Saskatchewan, a large rural province with a very sparse population in the center-west of the country. According to the police, some victims were targeted while others were randomly beaten. But the vast majority of them are indigenous. Since then, the community of James Smith Cree Nation has declared a state of emergency.

Several episodes of violence in recent years

On social networks, many members of the Cree community (one of the first nations of Canada) expressed their sadness and fear. And the messages calling on Myles Sanderson to surrender multiplied. Bobby Cameron, the leader of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, which represents communities in the province, implored “all people of Saskatchewan to share any relevant information”. “Uncertainty continues to cause immeasurable stress and panic among our families, friends and neighbours. They’ve suffered enough already.he added.

The community has already experienced episodes of violence. Last year, almost to the day, a shooting killed two people there.

In Canada, aboriginal people represent approximately 5% of the 38 million inhabitants, and live in communities often ravaged by unemployment and poverty. According to the latest official statistics, 50% of the population of the community is under the age of 24 and the unemployment rate there is 24%.

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Several officials also highlighted drug and alcohol issues as well as challenges related to generational trauma caused by a century of abuse, including in residential schools established for Indigenous people.

The World with AFP

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