At least two are killed and five seriously injured after a man in ‘medieval clothes’ and armed with a sword goes on the rampage outside parliament in Quebec City ‘before being arrested’
Two people have been killed and five more seriously injured after a man dressed in ‘medieval garb’ and armed with a sword went on a stabbing spree in Quebec City.
The attack occurred late on Saturday night near the provincial parliament building in the capital of the French-speaking Canadian province, and a suspect was taken into custody after a citywide manhunt.
At least two people died in the attack, according to Radio-Canada. Five were rushed to nearby hospitals in serious condition.
A terrorist attack has not been ruled out, but authorities were unable to immediately confirm that the stabbings were linked to a string of Islamist extremist terror attacks in France in recent weeks, including a horror knife attack at a church in Nice.
The attack occurred late on Saturday night near the provincial parliament building (above) in the capital of the French-speaking Canadian province
Quebec City police are seen during a manhunt for the stabbing assailant. According to preliminary information, the attacker was dressed in medieval clothes
Police set up a command post as a journalist walks by. A suspect was arrested at around 1am, over an hour after the attack, at the Espace 400e business park in the Old Port
A suspect was arrested at around 1am, over an hour after the attack, at the Espace 400e business park in the Old Port.
The suspect was reportedly hospitalized after being taken into custody. The arrest occurred about one mile from the parliament building.
During the manhunt, police issued an urgent warning to those in the area, asking them to stay indoors.
A heavy police presence is seen outside the provincial parliament following the attack
Officers armed with long guns search for the suspect during an hour-long manhunt
Cops man a blockade in Quebec City following a Halloween stabbing attack
‘Avoid the Parliament Hill area. The suspect is still not located. For citizens of the whole city: You are asked to stay inside,’ police said in a tweet just before midnight.
‘According to our preliminary information, the suspect is dressed in medieval clothes,’ cops said.
After the arrest, police tweeted: ‘We still ask the citizens of Quebec City to stay inside with the doors locked because an investigation is still underway.’
Developing story, more to follow.