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Canadian police launches research of two men suspected to be involved in massive stabbing attack on citizens in Saskatchewan community. The suspect was reported to attack over 25 people which 10 was found dead, 15 hospitalized and some unknown other victims in the community.

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The bulk of the attacks targeted residents of James Smith Cree Nation, an Indigenous community of 3,400, with other injuries reported in the neighbouring village of Weldon, north-east of Saskatoon.

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The attacks in the province of Saskatchewan have shocked the country. Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau described them as “horrific and heartbreaking. I’m thinking of those who have lost a loved one and of those who were injured.”

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Trudeau said his government had been in direct communication with the James Smith Cree Nation community leadership and was ready to assist, adding: “Those responsible for today’s abhorrent attacks must be fully brought to justice.”

Rhonda Blackmore, the assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted police (RCMP) in Saskatchewan, told reporters on Sunday evening that police believed some of the victims were targeted and others were attacked randomly.

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“It’s horrific what has occurred in our province today,” she said.

Police identified Damien and Myles Sanderson as the two suspects in the killings. Damien is is 31 years old, five feet seven inches (170cm) tall, weighing 155 pounds (70kg) with black hair and brown eyes.

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Myles is 30 years old, six feet and one inch (185cm) tall and 240 pounds (108kg), with brown hair and brown eyes.

Blackmore said the relationship between the suspects was unclear. She said there was no motive yet – but the men were presumed to be armed and dangerous.

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Bobby Cameron, the chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), which represents First Nations groups in Saskatchewan, suggested the attacks may have been drug-related, saying: “Our hearts break for all those impacted. This is the destruction we face when harmful illegal drugs invade our communities.”

As the communities mourned, the identities of some of the victims emerged.

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Residents identified one of the victims in the attacks as Wes Petterson. Ruby Works said the 77-year-old widower was like an uncle to her. Speaking to the Associated Press, she said: “He didn’t do anything. He didn’t deserve this. He was a good, kind hearted man.

She said the event has shaken a community where the sounds of sirens are rarely heard. “No one in this town is ever going to sleep again. They’re going to be terrified to open their door,” Credit: according to The Guardian

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