Man shot by police after stabbing 'several people' in Finnish city

Ken Copeland
August 19, 2017

Out of eight people injured in the incident, two have since died, the Central Bureau of Investigations said. The attack was reported from the southwestern city of Turku, where police reportedly shot a man in the leg before arresting him in this connection.

A later Twitter post by police read: "The police are searching for possibly 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 were sitting on a terrace just next to the square and this woman just screamed like hell and this guy was standing in front of her with a huge knife just stabbing people".

The Associated Press reports that Finland's YLE broadcaster quotes the county's top police chief Seppo Kolehmainen saying that "nothing is known about the motives. or what precisely has happened in Turku".

Finnish police say it is "unclear" if incident is related to terrorism.

The severity of injuries of other people involved in the attack is not now known. "She was bleeding all over her body", Wali Hashi, who witnessed the attack, told AFP.

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Witness Laura Laine told YLE she was about 20 meters (65 feet) away as the attack took place.

Police arrested a man suspected of the stabbing in the city of Turku on Friday.

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.

Central Turku - located about 140 kilometres (90 miles) from the capital Helsinki - was swiftly cordoned off and stores and restaurants closed.

Police in Finland say they are looking for more potential suspects in the stabbing of several people in the western city of Turku.

"The government is closely following the events in Turku and the ongoing police operation", Prime Minister Juha Sipila wrote on his Twitter account.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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