One of the warehouse workers who was injured in a bloody stabbing at a Edmonton grocery warehouse last week is speaking out for the first time, recounting the vicious attack.
Six men were stabbed, two fatally, at the massive Loblaws distribution complex in northwest Edmonton on Friday.
Abdelfetteh Aouachri survived the rampage but he is still dealing with the trauma of witnessing his friend die, he told CTV Edmonton on Tuesday.
When he saw his friend was crying out in pain and shock from being stabbed, Aouachri ran to his side but he himself came under attack by a man holding knives.
Showing how he blocked a knife headed to his chest with his hand, the 32-year-old Aouachri was unable to keep the weapon from being plunged into his arm.
It was then that he ran, and yelled out for everyone else to flee.
But his best friend, 41-year-old Thierno Bah, wasn’t able to run away. He had been stabbed as many as 10 times, according to his friend.
Aouachri says when it appeared there was no more danger in the warehouse, he ran back inside to help his friend. But it was too late for Bah, a married father of four children who had come to Canada from his native Guinea in 2009. Bah had a master’s degree in nanotechnology but had trouble securing work in that field.
And the vivid memory of the attack is proving too much for Aouachri, who is able to sleep only for an hour at a time these days.
“Because I saw all the crime and I saw my best friend die in front of me,” he explained.
Aouachri, who came to Canada for a job as a chemical engineer, had been working at the warehouse while upgrading his English skills.
Jayme Pasieka, 29, was arrested a few hours after the stabbing as he sat in a vehicle on the opposite end of the city. Pasieka is facing two charges each of first-degree murder, and possession of an offensive weapon, along with one count of attempted murder. Police said further charges were also pending.