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Turku stabbing: two dead in Finnish city after market square attack

8/18/17
from Daily Mail,
8/18/17:

Police say it is unclear if incident was related to terrorism, as people warned to stay away from city.

Finnish police say two people have died and six people have been injured after a stabbing attack in a market square in the south-western city of Turku. It was unclear if the incident was related to terrorism, said police, who shot at and arrested one man after the attack. Contrary to earlier reports, police said they were not looking for other suspects. Police said the suspect was in custody and being treated in a hospital after officers shot him in the thigh. People were warned to stay away from Turku as security was reinforced nationwide. At about 4.40pm, south-west Finland police tweeted: “Several people stabbed in central Turku. People are requested to avoid the city centre.” Witness Laura Laine told YLE that she stood approximately 20 metres (65ft) from where the stabbing took place. “We heard that a young woman was screaming. We saw a man on the square and a knife glittered,” Laine was quoted as saying. “He was waving it in the air. I understood that he had stabbed someone.”

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