Two dead and six hurt in Finland stab­bings

The Daily Telegraph - - Barcelona Terror - By Roland Oliphant

FIN­NISH au­thor­i­ties stepped up se­cu­rity around the coun­try after a stab­bing at­tack left two peo­ple dead and half a dozen wounded in a western city.

One sus­pect was ar­rested after be­ing shot by armed po­lice and of­fi­cers launched a search for other pos­si­ble per­pe­tra­tors after the at­tack in the cen­tre of Turku yes­ter­day.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said it was too early to at­tribute the at­tack to in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism or to link it to the ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Spain the pre­vi­ous day. “Noth­ing is known about the mo­tives… or what pre­cisely has hap­pened in Turku,” Seppo Kolehmainen, Finland’s top po­lice chief, told the coun­try’s YLE broad­caster.

The sus­pect in cus­tody has not been named. Po­lice said Turku was “safe” again, sug­gest­ing their man­hunt for other at­tack­ers had been called off.

Armed of­fi­cers re­in­forced se­cu­rity at Helsinki Air­port and train sta­tions after the at­tack.

About half a dozen peo­ple were seen ly­ing on the ground in the cen­tre of Turku, a city of 180,000 in the south­west of the coun­try, as the at­tack un­folded at 4pm lo­cal time. Wit­nesses re­ported see­ing a woman with a stroller be­ing at­tacked by a man with a knife.

Petri Viro­lainen, the di­rec­tor of Turku Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal said: “I can con­firm that eight peo­ple are in our hos­pi­tal.” Two were later con­firmed dead, with the rest said to be sta­ble.

Finland’s Se­cu­rity In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice said it had no in­di­ca­tion that in­di­vid­u­als in Finland were linked to the Barcelona at­tack and that the coun­try’s threat assess­ment would re­main un­changed, at an “el­e­vated” level.

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