Tuesday, 19 March, 2019

Finland stabbings: 2 dead, several injured in Turku; police shoots suspect

Police say the suspected attacker has been arrested Pic File Image Police say the suspected attacker has been arrested Pic File
Lori Graves | 19 August, 2017, 08:03

The man has been taken into custody after being shot in the leg, police say. Local police say they are "searching for possible more perpetrators in Turku".

The unidentified knifeman, who was allegedly screaming Allahu Akbar, has reportedly killed one person and left at least 6 others injured. "We saw a man on the square and a knife glittered", she told told Finnish broadcaster YLE.

Security has been bolstered at Helsinki Airport and other key transport hubs as a result of the attacks.

"I want to say this to all our residents: It is hard to understand that such violence would happen on this scale in Turku", he said in a statement posted on the city website. People began rushing into the bar, he said, and "the place immediately went on lockdown".

"At least 5 victims, most likely some fatalities one was a woman with a baby", one witness tweeted, The Sun of the United Kingdom reported.

Several persons stabbed in central Turku. "I saw an injured person, a man, at the market square". According to one eyewitness, some people tried to stop the attack and one man attempted to hit the suspect with a baseball bat.

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä tweeted that the government was monitoring the situation closely.

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People should stay away from the city center, police said on their Twitter account.

At least three people were killed in stabbing attacks in Finland and Germany on Friday, a day after over a dozen people were killed in terror attacks in two Spanish cities, media reports said.

"Supo has become aware of more serious terrorism-related projects and plans in Finland", it said.

Sundqvist said that he received reports of the stabbings at 4 p.m. local time and that police were on the scene within a few minutes.

A number of people have been stabbed in Turku, Finland.

Police planned a news conference at 7 p.m. (1600 GMT; 12 p.m. EDT) in Turku, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) west of Helsinki, with Finland's interior minister and the national police chief.

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