Finnish Police Investigating Stabbing Attack as 'Terrorism', Say Attacker 18YO Moroccan

Aug 20, 2017, 00:39
Finnish Police Investigating Stabbing Attack as 'Terrorism', Say Attacker 18YO Moroccan

The Turun Sanomat newspaper reported that at least one person was killed in the attack. The attacker was shot by the police and detained.

A man has reportedly been shot by police after he stabbed a number of people in the city of Turku, Finland.

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

Police said the man in custody is likely to have acted alone, but they are not ruling out the involvement of other people.

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Police patrol in Central Helsinki after stabbings in Turku, Finland August 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".

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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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