Two dead, six injured during knife attack in Finland

Randall Craig
August 19, 2017

At least two people were injured and eight others were wounded during a mass stabbing assault in Finland on Friday, Sky News reported. Police shot the suspect in the leg and arrested him in connection with the attack. Police have said they are searching for more potential suspects, tweeting: "The police is searching for possible more perpetrators in Turku".

Finnish broadcaster YLE reported that several people were lying on the ground in the centre of the city. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack.

Finnish police are calling for security to be reinforced at Helsinki Airport and train stations following the attack. The National Bureau of Investigation had taken over the probe from the Turku police department, and the security intelligence police Supo are also involved in the investigation.

Paula Risikko, the interior minister, said she did not yet know whether the attack was related to terrorism.

Another witness, student Anttoni Numminen, said he had been playing pool in a bar when he heard gunshots.

Witness Laura Laine told YLE she was about 20 meters (65 feet) away as the attack took place.

Update 5pm: One person has died in the stabbing incident in western Finland, according to reports.

"People are requested to avoid the city center", South-West Finland police tweeted at 4:40 p.m. local time.

"The knife man shouted Allah when stabbed people".

The incident happened in a square in the centre of the city of Turku, which is to the south of the country.

'Several people stabbed in central Turku. Translated from Finnish, he wrote: "The Government will closely monitor the situation and the ongoing police operation in Turku".

TERROR gripped the Finnish city of Turku after reports of a mass stabbing.

Central Turku - located about 140 kilometres (90 miles) from the capital Helsinki - was swiftly cordoned off and stores and restaurants closed.

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