2 dead, 8 injured in Finland stabbing attack

19 August, 2017, 05:52 | Author: Darnell Patrick
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Finnish police patrol the streets after stabbings in Turku

One person has been "apprehended", Finnish police said, adding "several people had been stabbed" in two squares in the city.

It was unclear if the incident was related to terrorism, said police, who shot at and arrested one man after the attack.

The police said they were hunting for one or more assailants, but could not immediately provide more information about the circumstances of the attack.

Kent Svensson, 44, of Sweden said he witnessed a man with "a huge white knife" running and stabbing people in his path.

The knife attack appears to have focused on Turku's downtown as people were urged to avoid the city center of the Finnish city.

Finnish police said security had been reinforced at Helsinki's airport and train stations after the stabbings. "We saw a man on the square and a knife glittered", she told told Finnish broadcaster YLE. He was waving it in the air. Hamburg State Interior Minister Andy Grote said the man was known to authorities as an Islamist. The BBC says the suspect is now being held by police in a nearby pub while authorities - who have not yet assigned a motive for the attack - assess any further risk. "We understood he had stabbed someone", she told YLE.

Turku lies on Finland's southwest coast about 160km west of Helsinki. Teemu Elomaa, a doctor at Turku Central University Hospital, said nine people received medical attention, and that three people were in intensive care.

The attacker shouted "Allahu Akbar" at the scene, initial reports said, raising immediate concerns that, as in Barcelona, ISIS may be involved.

The attack in Finland comes on the heels of horrific events in Spain where 14 people were killed and more than 100 injured in separate attacks.

Police did not confirm the number of victims, but local media reported at least one dead, while photos on social media showed a covered body lying on the ground.



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