The Suspect In The Quebec City Attack 'Chose His Victims At Random' Say Police

Seven people were attacked by the man, who was wielding a sword.
Quebec City Attack Suspect 'Chose His Victims At Random' Say Police
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The suspect in the Quebec City attack likely chose his victims at random, according to officials.

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Speaking during a news conference on Sunday morning, per CBC News, Quebec City ​police Chief Robert Pigeon confirmed that the Saturday-night attack was probably premeditated.

While Pigeon noted that the suspect appeared to choose his victims at random, police believe he visited Quebec City "with the intention of doing the most damage possible."

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Everything leads us to believe he chose his victims at random. Robert Pigeon

The attacker is believed to have had personal motives for the attacks as he is not associated with any terror group, police say.

This comes several hours after a man was arrested in the Historic District of Quebec City, in relation to the attacks.

Two people were stabbed to death and five more were injured during the Halloween-night incident, which involved a suspect wearing a medieval outfit and brandishing a Japanese katana-style sword.

Victims were reportedly discovered in at least four locations, including near the Château Frontenac hotel and on Rue des Remparts.

Both the prime minister and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh have shared their condolences online, with Trudeau describing the night's events as a "horrific attack."

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Helena Hanson
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Helena Hanson is a Senior Editor for Narcity Media, leading the Travel and Money teams. She previously lived in Ottawa, but is now based in the U.K.