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Wednesday 23 October 2019

One person killed and 10 injured after 'student pulls a sword from his bag and attacks his teacher'

Police attend the scene of a violent incident at the Hermanni shopping centre in Kuopio, Finland, Tuesday Oct. 1, 2019. (Jaakko Vesterinen/Lehtikuva via AP)
Police attend the scene of a violent incident at the Hermanni shopping centre in Kuopio, Finland, Tuesday Oct. 1, 2019. (Jaakko Vesterinen/Lehtikuva via AP)

Jonathan Gray

One person was killed and 10 injured at a college in eastern Finland in a violent incident that a newspaper said began when a student attacked a teacher with a sword.

Police said they had opened fire during the incident at a college located in a shopping centre in the town of Kuopio.

One person, identified as a male Finnish citizen, was taken into custody. Police said he was among the injured.

Finnish newspaper 'Iltalehti' quoted a witness as saying that a student had come to class with a large bag, taken out a sword and attacked a teacher.

Ville Hokkanen, spokesman at the Eastern Finland Police Department, said the man had used a bladed weapon in the attack and had carried a gun.

"One person died in the incident and 10 were injured, one of which was the suspect," Mr Hokkanen said. "Two of these 10 were seriously injured."

He declined to say whether police knew the reason for the attack or whether man was a student at the school.

"The act of violence at Savo Vocational College in Kuopio is shocking and we utterly condemn it," Prime Minister Antti Rinne said on Twitter.

Finland has seen two deadly school attacks in the past 12 years. In 2007, a student at the Jokela High School shot eight people dead before killing himself. In 2008, a 22-year-old student at a vocational school in Kauhajoki shot 10 people dead before killing himself.

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