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Finnish Police Say Two Killed In Knife Attack, Suspect Arrested

Finnish Police Say Two Killed In Knife Attack, Suspect Arrested

Police are said to have shot the man who struck in the western city of Turku, and are looking for more potential suspects.

Two people have died and six others been injured in a stabbing in the Finnish city of Turku.

The tabloid Ilta-Sanomat reports that one man and five women were injured, including a woman pushing a stroller.

"A man has been injured trying to help a victim, and another tried to stop the assailant", said the commissioner.

An 18-year-old Moroccan citizen was taken into custody after the attacks.

Interior Minister Paula Risikko described the events as "shocking" at a press briefing on Friday.

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"Suddenly people started screaming and yelling, they were hysterical", said another witness, who gave her name only as Reetta.

Just one day after the deadly terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, reports of at least one attacker with a knife were reported in Puutori-Market Square. "We saw a man at the square, a knife flashing and waving in the air. Whether they had something to do with this act, or if they were just involved with this person", Finnish news agency SST quoted detective superintendent Markus Laine as saying. People are requested to avoid the city centre, ' tweeted the South-West Finland police earlier. There was some talk about a knife attack.

Armed police were seen at Turku's harbour, where a helicopter circled overheard, and security has been heightened at Helsinki airport.

The attack happened at the commercial centre of Turku, a port and university town of about 180,000 located about two hours west of Helsinki, the capital.

"A man walked towards the ice cream stand where I work, and he hit a woman three times. The government will meet later today", Prime Minister Juha Sipila wrote on Twitter.

A video grab taken from Twitter shows officials standing in a street in the Finnish city of Turku where several people were stabbed.

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