Two people have been stabbed to death and five others left injured after a knifeman dressed in ‘medieval clothing’ went on a Halloween rampage in Quebec City in Canada.
Police arrested a male suspect, who is in his mid-20s, in the early hours today.
The five injured victims have been taken to hospital and are said to have varying levels of injury.
However, their injuries are not said to be life-threatening.
The suspect has also been taken to hospital to be assessed.
On Saturday night – Halloween – police said they were hunting for a man dressed in medieval clothing in the French-speaking city.
The force said he was armed with a bladed weapon and had left “multiple victims”.
Police warned residents to stay indoors as they searched for him.
The knife attacks took place in the Parliament Hill area of the city, near the historic hotel Chateau Frontenac.
Officers were first alerted to the stabbings shortly before 10.30pm.
Police spokesman Etienne Doyon said: “On behalf of the Quebec City police, I want to offer my sincerest condolences to the loved ones and families of the people who died today.”
He said that he would not identify the victims out of respect for the families.
And he would not say whether the attacks were random.
Armed police were seen patrolling the area after the attack.
Just before midnight on Saturday, police tweeted: “Avoid the Parliament Hill area. The suspect is still not located.
“For citizens of the whole city: You are asked to stay inside.
“According to our preliminary information, the suspect is dressed in medieval clothes.”
After the arrest, the force added: “We still ask the citizens of Quebec City to stay inside with the doors locked because an investigation is still underway.”
The suspect was arrested near the city’s Old Port at around 1am local time (6am UK time), CBC reports.
He was detained around one mile away from where the attack took place.
Police did not say if there was a possible motive for the attack, according to reports.