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2 killed, 5 injured in Finland stabbing; suspect shot, arrested

19 August 2017, 06:55 | Nina Hammond

Police urged people to avoid that part of Turku in Finland

Police urged people to avoid that part of Turku in Finland

"Two dead and six injured", Turku police tweeted after the assault in a market square.

A suspect - who police said was "a youngish man with a foreign background" - was being treated in the city's main hospital but was in police custody.

Police are looking for additional suspects in the attack.

Varissuo suburb, Turku's largest, is home to a large immigrant population and is located about 7 kilometers away from the market square where the attack took place.

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

Five women, including one who was pushing a pram and one man are thought to have been stabbed.

Finnish Interior Minister Paula Risikko told YLE the identity of the attacker was still unknown.

"The police is searching for possible more perpetrators in Turku".

"At least 5 victims, most likely some fatalities one was a woman with a baby", one witness tweeted, The Sun of the United Kingdom reported.

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Eyewitnesses told Turun Sanomat that the other suspects escaped the crime scene armed with items resembling baseball bats.

People are advised to avoid the area of alleged attack.

Turku police opened fired on and arrested the attacker.

But it says there are no reports of any Irish people being affected at this stage. Turku, as a town, was settled during the 13th century and founded most likely at the end of the 13th century, making it the oldest city in Finland.

Sipila said the government "condemned the attack" and expressed condolences to the victims and their next of kin.

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä tweeted that the government was monitoring the situation closely.

Finnish police say they have reinforced security at Helsinki Airport and at train stations following the stabbings. She didn't witness the attack, but heard emergency sirens going past. Additional patrols will be deployed and surveillance boosted across Finland, police said.

Earlier in June, an attack on London Bridge saw terrorists stab people at Borough Market after plowing into pedestrians with their vehicle.

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