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Police officers detain a man in an area where multiple people were stabbed near the Parliament Hill area of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (via Reuters)
Police officers detain a man in an area where multiple people were stabbed near the Parliament Hill area of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (via Reuters)

Quebec City stabbing: Police make arrest after attack by man leaves two dead

  • Quebec police said their initial information indicates the 24-year-old suspect's motive was personal and not terrorism
  • City Police Robert Pigeon said the suspect made a threat of violence in 2014

QUEBEC CITY: A man dressed in medieval clothing and armed with Japanese sword was arrested Sunday on suspicion of killing two people and injuring five others on Halloween near the historic Château Frontenac hotel in Quebec City.

Quebec police said their initial information indicates the 24-year-old suspect's motive was personal and not terrorism.

Quebec City Police Robert Pigeon said the suspect made a threat of violence in 2014.

“That information would have been revealed in a medical context over five years ago. It was not something that was in a criminal record," Pigeon said.

Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume said Canada needs to have a debate about how to deal with mental illness.

Police had earlier warned residents to remain indoors as they hunted for the man dressed armed with a bladed weapon. They later described the weapon as a katana.

Police were first notified of the stabbings near the National Assembly shortly before 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

The five injured victims were taken to a hospital. “Some have very significant lacerations but we do not fear for their lives," Pigeon said.

Pigeon said the suspect is from the Montreal area. Police were searching his car and residence. He was due to make a video court appearance later Sunday.

Police have asked any potential witnesses to contact them.

“Quebec is waking up after a night of horror. Words fail me to describe such a tragedy. I offer my condolences to the families of the victims," Quebec Premier Francois Legault tweeted.

Police declined to give any information about the two people who were killed.

Carlos Godoy, who lives in the area, said police K-9 units had searched his backyard as they hunted for the suspect.

“It’s a full moon, it’s October 31st. It’s Halloween, and it’s a lockdown weekend. No one should be out on the streets," Godoy said. “And I’m in an extremely quiet neighborhood because there are no tourists nowadays."

The area around the Chateau Frontenac, the towering landmark of the walled old city, is usually bustling with tourists in normal times.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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