A 24-year-old man was arrested early Sunday in Quebec City after two people were stabbed and five injured by a suspect wearing samurai robe and swinging a sword.
Police were called into the historic district just before 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Halloween, and found several victims in at least four locations near the provincial parliament building 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.
The suspect was arrested about a mile from the scene in the city's old port at 1 a.m. after a two and a half hour manhunt.
Police described the attacker as "dressed in medieval fashion" and Radio-Canada reported that he was dressed as a samurai.
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A 24-year-old man was arrested in Quebec City early Sunday after two people were stabbed and five injured by a suspect wearing samurai robe and swinging a sword
Police officers search near a covered body near the location of the knife stab
A person is being treated by a rescue team in an area where several people were stabbed near the Parliament Hill area of Quebec City
Police have not yet released the suspect's name to the public.
During a new conference on Sunday morning, Quebec City Police Chief Robert Pigeon said the man did not live in the Quebe City area. The police believed he had chosen his victims at random.
Pigeon added that the suspect is not affiliated with any terrorist group and therefore the incident is unrelated to the string of Islamist extremist terrorist attacks in France in recent weeks, including a horror knife attack on a church in Nice.
Two people were confirmed dead and five other victims were taken to a local hospital with varying degrees of injuries.
The suspect was also hospitalized after being detained, police said.
& # 39; Quebec wakes up after a night of horror. I cannot describe such a tragedy in words. I would like to express my condolences to the families of the victims, ”Quebec Prime Minister François Legault wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also tweeted his response to the attack, saying his "heart breaks" for the victims and their families.
“We keep you in our minds and will be there for you. Thank you to all first responders for your critical work, ”he continued.
At least two people died in the attack, police confirmed. Five others were taken to nearby hospitals in severe condition. The police react to the stabbing attack upstairs
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
The attack occurred late Saturday evening near the National Assembly (above) in the capital of the French-speaking Canadian province
Quebec City police tweeted just after 4 a.m. that the situation was under control.
"According to our initial information, there is no indication that the suspect reacted to anything other than personal motives," the tweet said.
The Quebec City Police Department Counter-Terrorism Unit is also involved in the investigation into the incident.
Martin Rioux told CBC News that at the time of the incident, he was driving his partner in the area when they saw two police cars and a body on the sidewalk.
"We arrived at the beginning of the intervention," he said. & # 39; There was a lot of adrenaline pumping. Especially when cops are walking and running with guns drawn. «
Jordan Proulst told Radio-Canada that he was walking down Saint-Jean Street when he saw several police cars speeding past in the direction of Château Frontenac.
"There is a strong police presence," he said. "There are three, four, five, six police cars in front of me that form a barrier."
According to the network, it was a security guard in the port of Quebec who eventually discovered the suspect and alerted the police.
During the manhunt, the police issued an urgent warning to people in the area and asked them to stay inside.
Avoid the Parliament Hill area. The suspect is still not 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.
Following 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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