Many people stabbed in Finland suspect shot and arrested

Javier Howell
August 20, 2017

Officers said they were now treating the attack in Turku, in which two people were killed and eight injured, as a terrorist act.

An 18-year-old Moroccan citizen was taken into custody after the attacks.

Police said at a press conference that in addition to the main suspect, four other men have been arrested and an worldwide search warrant has been issued for another suspect.

Earlier today, Finland's Security Intelligence Service (Supo) said it would not raise the country's terror threat level from "elevated" following yesterday's attack in Barcelona, reports Finnish broadcaster YLE.

A local tabloid, Ilta-Sanomat, reported that one man and five women were injured.

Police shot and wounded a knife-wielding suspect on Friday, arresting him minutes after an afternoon stabbing spree at a Turku market square.

Finnish police recommend people avoid the area. They called on people to stay out of the center of the city. "I thought it's just kids having fun. but then people started to move around and I saw a man with a knife in his hand, stabbing a woman", Laura Laine, a witness, told Reuters.

Interior Minister Paula Risikko said at the press conference that authorities were contacting immigration authorities and others to find out more about the suspect, but his identity was not known as of Friday evening-although he is "foreign-looking".

Prime minister Juha Sipila said the government is closely monitoring the ongoing police operation and will hold an emergency meeting later.

Police shot one suspect in the legs and arrested him.

A video grab taken from Twitter shows officials standing in a street in the Finnish city of Turku where several people were stabbed.

Security has been bolstered at Helsinki Airport and other key transport hubs as a result of the attacks.

Rescue personnel have cordoned off the area at the Turku Market Square in the Finnish city of Turku where several people were stabbed.

Other reports by Insurance News

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