Two killed in Finnish stabbing attack

Jon Howard
August 20, 2017

Police in Finland say they have shot a man who reportedly stabbed several people in the south-western city of Turku.

The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation took over from the Turku police department, and the security intelligence police are also involved in the investigation.

They identified the attacker as an 18-year-old Moroccan.

Several people were seen lying on the ground on the streets in the Finnish city of Turku, according to Finnish broadcaster YLE.

A woman with a baby was among those attacked by a man with a large knife, an eyewitness said. The police quickly arrested the knife-wielding suspect on Friday on a square in downtown Turku, after shooting him in the leg. Authorities are scanning the area for potential further suspects, the southwestern division of Finland's police said on its Twitter account. The police is asking people to stay away from central Turku. Witnesses said he was heard screaming: "Allahu Akbar".

"We saw a man at the square, he had knife in his hand, and he was swinging it in the air".

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Interior Minister Paula Risikko told Helsingin Sanomat she did not yet know whether the attack was related to terrorism.

Police have not released the identity of the suspect in custody, though they said he came to Finland as an asylum seeker in 2016. Police on Saturday raised the number of injured in the attack from six to eight.

The Finish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä tweeted to say his government is closely monitoring the situation.

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The stabbing in Germany also comes a day after 14 people were killed in twin terror attacks in Spain.

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