Two Dead, Six Injured In Finland Stabbing Attack, Police Say

A knife-wielding attacker killed two people and injured six others Friday in southern Finland.

The attack happened in Turku, a city about 100 miles west of Helsinki, the capital. One male suspect was shot in the thigh and arrested, police confirmed. Authorities said he likely acted alone, but have not ruled out the possibility that there were others involved, the Associated Press reported. The investigation remained ongoing.

The attack comes on the heels of two terrorist attacks in Spain on Thursday. However, Finnish broadcaster YLE, citing police, reported that the Turku incident is not being investigated as terrorism at this point.

YLE reported that three victims were being treated in intensive care late Friday.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto visited Turku Friday and called the stabbing a “shocking and cowardly act,” according to the AP. He also said officials are working “so that all Finns are able to feel safe.”

In a tweet after the attack, police urged people to move away from the city center, and they later tweeted that they are searching for additional suspects. The BBC reported the incident took place in the Puutori-Market Square area.

The AP reported Finland’s interior minister, Paula Risikko, announced security is increasing across the nation. Police asked the public to remain vigilant, particularly in airports and at train stations.

Local reports showed video of what appeared to be a covered body behind police tape.

Following the attack, a video emerged on Twitter that purported to show the attacker and other people running.

Some initially reported that the attacker could be heard shouting “Allahu ackbar,” but others pointed out that it’s actually someone shouting “varo, varokaa,” Finnish for “watch out.”

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