- “On behalf of the Quebec City police, I want to offer my sincerest condolences to the loved ones...” Doyon said.
- This attack in Quebec, a city where French is spoken, occurs just days after a series of stab attacks in various parts of France.
- At the moment the motive for the attacks is still unknown, said the Quebec City Police Department.
At least two people were killed and five left nursing serious injuries in the wee hours of Sunday following a stabbing spree carried out by a man who was disguised in a ‘samurai garb’. A suspect has so far been arrested after a citywide manhunt by the local police.
The attack happened near the provincial parliament building in Quebec, the capital of the French-speaking Canadian province.
Previously, the police had published a message on social media in which they had alerted the population about the suspect whom they said had disguised himself in a ‘samurai garb’ and killed several people with a Sword.
“Shortly before 1 am, the SPVQ (Quebec city police force) arrested a suspect,” the force said on Twitter, asking residents of the city to “stay inside with the doors closed.” because “an investigation is still ongoing. “
The suspect was a man in his 20s, Quebec police spokesman Etienne Doyon said adding that the suspect had been taken to hospital for evaluation. The spokesperson confirmed that there were two dead and five injured.
“On behalf of the Quebec City police, I want to offer my sincerest condolences to the loved ones and families of the people who died today,” Doyon said.
At the moment the motive for the attacks is still unknown. In a press statement, the Quebec City Police Department spoke of multiple knife attacks, probably with a sword. The nature of the victims’ injuries is variable, spokesman Etienne Doyon said.
A Quebec port security guard on a car patrol was the one who spotted the man. The officer followed the suspect with the lights off. When he turned on the headlights of his vehicle, he saw a sword planted on the ground in front of the individual.
From around 10:20 p.m., dozens of police were deployed in the Château Frontenac area, up to the National Assembly, as well as in the Petit-Champlain district.
Citizens who were in the vicinity were escorted by the police to reach their homes or leave the perimeter.
Taxi drivers and passenger transport drivers reportedly received a notice telling them not to receive any customers on board until further notice.
Attack Reminiscence of Those in France.
This attack in Quebec, a city where French is spoken, occurs just days after a series of stab attacks in various parts of France, following the October 16 murder of a history professor, Samuel Paty, who was beheaded for teaching his students using cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a class on freedom of expression.
When asked about the right to make cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended freedom of expression this week, as long as it “does not arbitrarily and uselessly hurt” certain communities. The premier affirmed that “freedom of expression is not without limits”, although he condemned the recent terrorist attacks in France.