Published: Sun, August 20, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Finland stabbings: Two dead, man shot in Turku

Finland stabbings: Two dead, man shot in Turku

Police officials were quoted in the media as saying that the suspected attacker was shot in the leg and nabbed.

The two victims of Friday's terrorist attack were both Finnish, and among the injured were Italian and British citizens.

"I express my full solidarity with the security forces working to keep people safe on the ground as well as with all the people of Finland and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä", he said. Contrary to earlier reports, police said they were not looking for other suspects. The police is asking people to stay away from central Turku.

"We now have six suspects in custody, the main suspect and five others", said to AFP the commissioner Markus Laine, the national Bureau of investigation. The attacker shouted extremist slogans allegedly linking him to the Daesh Takfiri terrorists, they said.

The attack in Finland comes on the heels of horrific events in Spain where 14 people were killed and more than 100 injured in separate attacks.

"We have a heightened awareness level of terrorism now but we did not have any specific threats to act upon", Turku Superintendent Stephan Sundqvist told CNN.

The two people killed by the assailant were Finnish, said the police.

Multiple people were stabbed in the Puutori-Market Square. It also claimed that a woman with a stroller was attacked by a man with a large knife.

An 18-year-old Moroccan is being charged with the crime, police said in a statement on Saturday.

On Twitter, police urged people to avoid that part of Turku. "I understood that he had stabbed someone".

Turku, with a population of around 180,000, is located on the southwest coast of Finland, 90 miles west of Helsinki.

Police have said that security has been increased at Helsinki airport and at train stations across the region.

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