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Shootings prompt Canada manhunt

Toronto - Three police officers were shot dead in New Brunswick and two more were wounded, Canadian police said on Wednesday, as they conducted a manhunt for a man carrying a rifle and wearing camouflage clothes.

Police said they were searching for Justin Bourque, 24, of Moncton, a city of about 70 000 people on the east coast.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police use their vehicles to create a perimeter in Moncton, New Brunswick. The RCMP said an undisclosed number of people have been shot and a manhunt is under way in the north end of Moncton for a gunman. Picture: Marc Grandmaison, The Canadian Press. Credit: Associated Press

“Three officers mortally wounded by shooter,” the New Brunswick division of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said on Twitter. “Two officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Shooter still actively sought.”

Regional healthcare outfit Horizon Health Network, a regional health care organisation, said on its Twitter feed that Moncton's hospital had received three patients with gunshot wounds.

Local media published a photograph of a man in camouflage clothing and a black headband carrying a rifle. Reuters could not immediately authenticate the picture. - Reuters

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