Amputee charged after bloody Ottawa stabbing

An Ottawa police officer gathers evidence at the scene of a downtown stabbing outside Embassy...

An Ottawa police officer gathers evidence at the scene of a downtown stabbing outside Embassy Suites Hotel early Wednesday morning, while a Major Crimes investigator takes statements from witnesses in the background. DOUG HEMPSTEAD/Ottawa Sun

Doug Hempstead, Danielle Bell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:55 PM ET

OTTAWA -- A 28-year-old Libyan amputee stabbed outside a downtown Ottawa hotel early Wednesday was in Canada receiving medical treatment.

A 21-year-old man arrested in the stabbing is also a Libyan amputee who knows the victim.

Both men, who have lost their legs, were receiving prosthetics treatment in Toronto and had been in the country for several months, according to the Canadian Libyan Council.

The accused had finished treatment, while the victim still had two to three weeks remaining.

The treatment is part of an initiative to help people injured in war-torn Libya, such as soldiers, get help in Canada.

Salhin Gheriani, who has met both men, was shocked to get a phone call telling him of a knife fight.

"It was really shocking," said Gheriani, chair of the Canadian Libyan Council. "It was very, very surprising."

The stabbing happened outside the front entrance of the Embassy Suites on Carter St., shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The victim was stabbed several times, suffering what at first were thought to be life-threatening injuries.

He was rushed to hospital and underwent emergency surgery. His condition has been upgraded to serious, but he is expected to survive.

He remains under police guard at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus.


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