Finland police shoot man after multiple stabbings in city of Turku
Finland Finland police shoot man after multiple stabbings in city of Turku
Man arrested as people advised to stay away from city centre and local media report at least one person dead
Finnish police have shot and arrested a man who stabbed several people in a market square in the south-west city of Turku.
At least one person was see n lying on the ground at Turkuâs Puutori market square and others were reported to be hurt, according to YLE Uutiset, the main news programme of Finlandâs public broadcaster.
The Turun Sanomat newspaper reported that at least one person was killed in the attack on Friday and that police were inspecting departing trains and buses.
There were four or five ambulances near the cityâs main square, the paper reported a witness as saying.
Police said several people had been stabbed and asked the public to avoid the area. A suspected assailant has been shot in the leg and detained.
Finnish police have reinforced security at Helsinki airport and train stations after the stabbings.
At about 4:40 pm, south-west Finland police tweeted: âSeveral people stabbed in central Turku. People are requested to avoid the city centre.â
Finlandâs prime minister, Juha SipilÃ¤, tweeted: âThe government is closely following the events in Turku and the ongoing police operation. The government will meet later today.â
In 2012, Finlandâs then-prime minister Jyrki Katainen escaped a knife attack in Turku while campaigning for municipal elections.
The man who approached him carrying a knife was found to be psychologically disturbed and no charges were brought against him.
A former capital of Finland, Turku remains a hub for business and culture.Topics
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