2 dead, 8 injured in Finland stabbing attack

Alyssa Bailey
August 19, 2017

Three men have stabbed and injured several people in the coastal city of Turku, Finland.

Police shot a suspect in the thigh minutes after the attack at another square nearby, arresting him and confiscating his knife.

They later added: "The police is searching for possible more perpetrators in Turku".

Several people have been stabbed in the city Turku, east of Helsinki (Finland), according to national police.

The tabloid Ilta-Sanomat said that a woman with a buggy was among those attacked by a man with a large knife.

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"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.

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It is not yet known if the attack is terror related or what was the motivation behind the brutal attack.

"And he was constantly stabbing people. Suddenly people started screaming and yelling, they were hysterical", said another witness, who gave her name only as Reetta.

Police did not give any information on the two people killed or the conditions of those wounded in downtown Turku, 170 kilometers (106 miles) west of Helsinki, the capital.

Video shared online appeared to show people running away from danger, reportedly shouting warnings in Finnish.

The local force has ordered people to avoid the city cenre until further notice, and officers are checking public transport leaving the city centre.

Police "have not confirmed" media reports that the attacker was shouting "Allahu Akbar" at the time of the assault, Cser told RT. "The government will meet later today", Prime Minister Juha Sipila wrote on his Twitter account.

Turku, as a town, was settled during the 13th century and founded most likely at the end of the 13th century, making it the oldest city in Finland.

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