(SNN)- Two men suspected of stabbing at least 10 people to death have been declared wanted by the Canadian police.
According to BBC news reports, the two suspects identified as Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson are on the run and considered armed and dangerous.
The killing spree was scattered over 13 locations in the remote indigenous community James Smith Cree Nation and nearby Weldon.
This babaric act is regarded by the shocked nation as one of the deadliest acts of mass violence Canada has seen. PM Justin Trudeau said it was “heartbreaking”.
According to the report, at least 15 other people were critically injured in the killing spree, with police urging residents to be extremely vigilant as they conduct a search operation across one of Canada’s largest and most remote regions.
“I am shocked and devastated by the horrific attacks today,” Mr Trudeau said in a statement. “Those responsible for today’s abhorrent attacks must be fully brought to justice.”
As news of the stabbings broke, a dangerous person alert was sent to all mobile phones across the provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta – an enormous region almost half the size of Europe.
The report has it that a state of emergency has been declared in the James Smith Cree Nation – a community of about 2,000 residents north-east of the village of Weldon, which is home to just 200 people.
“Do not leave a secure location. Use caution allowing others into your residence,” Saskatchewan Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) warned people across the search area.
Numerous checkpoints have been set up and drivers have been urged not to pick up hitchhikers.
There is still no word on a motive for the crimes.
Rhonda Blackmore, Commanding Officer for Saskatchewan RCMP said that some people may have been targeted, while others are believed to have been “attacked randomly”.
The relationship between Damien Sanderson, 31, and Myles Sanderson, 30, is unclear, and the authorities have so far provided no further details.
At a news briefing on Sunday evening, police said there could be more injured people than the 15 they already knew about, who had taken themselves to hospital.