At least two are killed and five seriously injured after a man in "medieval clothing" and armed with a sword is on the brink of rampaging "prior to arrest" outside Parliament in Quebec City.
- The attack occurred near the Quebec City Parliament before midnight on Saturday
- At least two were killed and five others were hospitalized with injuries
- The police describe the attacker as "dressed in medieval fashion" and armed with a sword
- The suspect, a man in his twenties, was arrested an hour later and a mile away
- The police have not yet ruled out terrorism, but remain informed of the motive
- It comes after a series of Islamist extremist terrorist attacks in France
Two people were killed and five others seriously injured after a man dressed in "medieval clothing" and armed with a sword went on a rampage in Quebec City.
The attack occurred near the provincial parliament building in the capital of the French-speaking Canadian province late Saturday night and a suspect was arrested after a citywide manhunt.
At least two people died in the attack, police confirmed. Five others were taken to nearby hospitals in severe condition.
A terrorist attack has not been ruled out, but authorities could not immediately confirm that the knife wounds have been linked to a number of Islamist extremist terrorist attacks in France in recent weeks, including a horror knife attack on a church in Nice.
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The attack occurred late Saturday evening near the provincial parliament building (above) in the capital of the French-speaking Canadian province
At least two people died in the attack, police confirmed. Five others were taken to nearby hospitals in severe condition. Above, the police react to the stabbing attack
A suspect was arrested at around 1am in the Espace 400e industrial estate in the Old Port over an hour after the attack.
The suspect is described by police as a man in his twenties. Police have officially identified the suspect but have not yet released his identity to the public.
The suspect was hospitalized after being detained, police said. The arrest was made about a mile from the parliament building where the attack took place.
During the manhunt, the police urgently warned people in the area and asked them to stay inside.
During the manhunt, the police issued an urgent warning to the people in the area and told them to stay inside
The suspect was hospitalized after being detained, police said. The arrest was made about a mile from the parliament building where the attack took place
Avoid the Parliament Hill area. The suspect has still not been found. For citizens of the whole city: You are asked to stay inside, "said the police in a tweet shortly before midnight.
"According to our preliminary information, the suspect is dressed in medieval clothing," said police.
After the arrest, police tweeted, "We are still asking Quebec City residents to stay inside with the doors locked pending an investigation."
It comes after a series of deadly Islamist extremist terrorist attacks in France, although police did not immediately reveal a possible link.
Two weeks ago a teacher was beheaded in the suburbs of Paris after showing his class a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad during a discussion on freedom of speech.
French President Emmanuel Macron drew anger from the Islamic world after defending the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
Three people were murdered in a Catholic basilica in Nice on Thursday in what officials called an Islamic extremism attack.
One victim, an elderly woman, was beheaded. The suspect, a Tunisian, was taken into police custody.
After the Nice attack, Macron said France would not give up its values despite anger over the cartoons.
Protests are taking place all over the Muslim world. Demonstrations are taking place in Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and India.
The police are asking anyone who witnessed the attack in Quebec City to dial 911 or 418 641-AGIR.
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