A suspect in a recent mass stabbing in Canada has been taken into custody, police have confirmed.

Ten people were killed and 18 injured in attacks in and around an indigenous reserve in central Saskatchewan on Sunday.

Hundreds of police officers launched a massive manhunt for the suspects, brothers Miles and Damien Sanderson, who fled the scene of the crime.

Damien was found dead on Monday at the James Smith Cree State Grass Field. The injuries, police said, were not self-inflicted.

Miles Sanderson, who officers described as armed and dangerous, remained at large as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement: “Miles Sanderson was located and taken into custody near Rostern, Saskatchewan at approximately 3:30 p.m. today.

“This investigation no longer poses a threat to public safety.”

Sunday’s stabbings were one of the deadliest in modern Canadian history.

Police said some victims appeared to be deliberately targeted, while others were attacked at random.

Brian Burns, husband of Bonnie Burns and father of Gregory Burns, 28, killed in the James Smith Cree Nation, at a news conference with their photos in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada September 7, 2022. REUTERS/Valerie Zink
Brian Burns’ wife Bonnie and son Gregory were killed in the attacks

Officers have not released a possible motive, but a statement from an indigenous group in the province suggests the stabbings may be drug-related.

Annie Sanderson comforts her granddaughter, who was close to Gloria Lydia Burns, 62, who was killed on the James Smith Cree Nation after 10 people were stabbed to death on the reserve and in the nearby town of Weldon, Saskatchewan, Canada.  September 5, 2022 REUTERS/David Stobbe
Friends of the victims at the James Smith Cree Nation comfort each other

Parole violation

Questions are beginning to be asked about why Miles Sanderson – with 59 convictions and a long history of violence – ended up on the streets.

The 32-year-old was released by the parole board in February after serving more than four years on assault and robbery charges. But the police have been looking for him since May, apparently for violating the terms of his release.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks a day after several people in the province of Saskatchewan were killed and injured in stabbings in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada September 5, 2022. REUTERS/Patrick Doyle

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the stabbing as “shocking and heartbreaking.”

“Such violence and any kind of violence has no place in our country,” he said.


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