Monday 19 November 2018

Two dead and 'at least' six injured following multiple stabbings in Finnish city

Police to reinforce security nationwide following attack

Finnish police patrol in front of the Central Railway Station
Photo: Reuters
Finnish police patrol in front of the Central Railway Station Photo: Reuters
Finnish police patrols on motorbike after stabbings in Turku, in Central Helsinki, Finland Photo: Reuters Newsdesk Newsdesk

Two people have died and at least six people have been hospitalised following an attack in the Finnish city of Turku.

A man was shot dead by police this afternoon after stabbing multiple people in the Puutori-Market Square area.

Reuters report that the man has been arrested and taken into custody.

Finnish police say it is "unclear" if incident is related to terrorism.

Broadcaster YLE said several  people were seen lying on the ground in the central part of the city.

On Twitter, police urged people to avoid that part of Turku.

The tabloid Ilta-Sanomat said six people were injured, one man and five women, and that a woman with a buggy was attacked by a man with a large knife.

Finnish police are calling for security to be reinforced at Helsinki Airport and train stations following the attack.

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

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs says there are no reports of any Irish citizens being affected at this stage.

"We are monitoring developments through the Irish Embassy in Helsinki, which is in close contact with the local emergency services.

Anyone with concerns for loved ones in Turku can contact the Department’s consular assistance team on 01 4082000.

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