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Three dead in Canada in triple crossbow murder

People watch from their front door as police stand at a crime scene where three pople have died in an incident involving a crossbow, according to local media reports in the Scarborough suburb of Toronto, August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Blinch Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Police called to the suburban area found three victims with crossbow injuries

Three people have been killed in a crossbow attack in Toronto, and a man taken into custody, say police.

Attending to a reported stabbing in the Scarborough area, police found two people dead and one person wounded. The injured victim later died.

Reports said the suspect, a 35-year-old man, was seriously wounded.

In a related incident, police later evacuated a building in the city because of a suspicious package. Police gave no more details.

Police said two of the victims were male and the third a woman.

Constable David Hopkinson said all three victims had what appeared to be crossbow wounds and a crossbow was found on the floor nearby.

Buying a crossbow in Canada does not require a licence.

Constable Jennifer Sidhu, a Toronto police spokeswoman, told the BBC that police received reports of a stabbing incident and arrived just before 1300 EST (1800 GMT) to find the three injured in a garage.

According to Canada's National Post, one of the victims made a call to police.

Television footage showed part of a residential street in Scarborough, a suburban area east of the city's downtown area, taped off.

A motive for the attack is still unclear, police added.

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