Finnish Police Shoot Suspect After Mass Stabbing in Turku

Finnish Police Shoot Suspect After Mass Stabbing in Turku
Finnish police patrols on motorbike after stabbings in Turku, in Central Helsinki, Finland August 18, 2017. LEHTIKUVA/Linda Manner via REUTERS

Finnish police have shot a man who stabbed several people in the city of Turku, according to law enforcement. One person has been apprehended, police wrote on Twitter.

(VERO BEACH, FL) The Turun Sanomat newspaper reported that an elderly woman and a young boy have been injured, citing an eyewitness.

The witness added that another elderly woman was injured on the other side of the square where the incident reportedly took place.

Multiple ambulances are at the scene, according to the newspaper.

The outlet also reported that a body has been covered at a junction, and that police and rescue personnel are at the scene.

Finnish tabloid Ilta-Sanomat reported that six people were injured, one man and five women, and that a woman pushing a stroller was among those attacked by a man with a large knife.

Authorities have warned people to stay away from the city center following the attack, which reportedly took place in the Puutori-Market Square area.

Finnish police said they have reinforced security at Helsinki Airport and train stations throughout the country.

In a video claimed to have been taken from the scene, a man can be heard yelling what appears to be “allahu akbar,” which means “God is greater" in arabic, or “varokaa” which means “watch out” in Finnish.

Regarding what was said in the video, several native speakers confirmed that "Pois" means away, "Varo" is the singular form of "watch out" and "Varokaa" is the plural version of "watch out". 

Police have launched a manhunt to search for other suspects in the attack.

"The government is closely following the events in Turku and the ongoing police operation. The government will meet later today," Prime Minister Juha Sipila wrote on his Twitter account.

RT reporting, TRUNEWS contribution 

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