Police patrol in Central Helsinki after stabbings in Turku, FinlandAugust 18, 2017.
The deadly stabbing spree came a day after two suspected militant attacks in Spain killed 14 people. Police have not yet confirmed any deaths related to this incident, but several people were (at least) wounded after a suspect went on a knife rampage downtown in the western city.
One person has been "apprehended", Finnish police said, adding "several people had been stabbed" in two squares in the city.
Police announced Saturday morning that the deceased victims were Finns, while the injured included one Italian and two Swedes. One man and five women - one pushing a baby in a pram - were injured in the attack. "We recommend that people avoid central Turku".
The AP reports that witness Laura Laine described the attack to YLE: "We heard that a young woman was screaming". I thought, it's just kids having fun. but then people started to move around and I saw a man with a knife in his hand, stabbing a woman.
"Two dead and six injured", Turku police tweeted.
Finland also raised its emergency readiness across the country after the stabbing, increasing security at airports and train stations and putting more officers on the streets.
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