Two people died and five were injured Saturday night in the Canadian city of Quebec when they were stabbed by a young man who was arrested, police said. The suspect, a young man in his 20s armed with a sword and dressed in “medieval” clothes, was detained shortly before 1 am (3 am Brasília), announced Etienne Doyon, a spokesman for the city police, without revealing the reason. of the attack on Halloween night.
The attacks took place in the historic center of the city, near the Chateau Frontenac hotel and the National Assembly, Quebec’s provincial parliament. The police asked residents to remain in their homes behind closed doors during the investigation, but did not reveal a reason for the attacks.
According to three witnesses cited by the newspaper Le Soleil, the attacker killed the first victim near the Chateau Frontenac hotel. The second person died on Remparts Street. On his way to Porto Antigo, the young man injured others, according to the newspaper.
The suspect was arrested after a chase through the streets of Old Quebec, Doyon said. The attacker was identified, but the police did not reveal his identity. “He is a man dressed in medieval clothes. He carried a sword. They are wounds from a bladed weapon, that is all we can say at the moment,” said Doyon.
The five victims who survived the attack suffered injuries from serious severities. The police did not reveal any details about the identities or ages of the victims. The suspect surrendered to the police and, at the time of the arrest, was on the floor, barefoot and hypothermic, Le Soleil said. Police sources said he planned the attack for a year and a half.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the streets of Quebec’s historic center were quiet at the time of the attacks.