Police shoot and arrest suspected knifeman in Finland attack

Nichole Vega
August 19, 2017

Police shot the suspect in the leg and detained him.

The police said they were hunting for one or more assailants, but could not immediately provide more information about the circumstances of the attack.

Finnish broadcaster YLE said several people were seen lying on the ground in the central part of the city. The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack.

Rescue personnel have covered a stabbing victim's body at the Turku Market Square in the Finnish city of Turku where several people were stabbed on August 18, 2017.

Police warned people to be on alert at train stations and airports, while Turku's local government opened a crisis line for people in need of emergency help.

His identity has not yet been established, police said late Friday, nor was the motive for the attack clear.

It said it saw an increased risk of an attack committed by IS. "Suddenly people started screaming and yelling, they were hysterical", said another witness, who gave her name only as Reetta.

Stabbing attacks have taken place across Europe in recent months.

Another witness, Laura Laine, reported seeing a man wielding a large knife at the city centre's Puutori market square.

Update 5pm: One person has died in the stabbing incident in western Finland, according to reports. According to one eyewitness, some people tried to stop the attack and one man attempted to hit the suspect with a baseball bat. "The government will meet later today", Prime Minister Juha Sipila wrote on Twitter.

Police planned a news conference at 7 P.M.in Turku, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) west of Helsinki, with Finland's interior minister and the national police chief.

Turku is a city on the southwest coast of Finland that straddles the Aura River.

Police arrested a man suspected of the stabbing in the city of Turku on Friday.

Police made the announcement on Twitter, also warning people to leave and avoid central Turku.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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