Knife Attack in Turku, Finland

Finnish Police announced they will rise the readiness after stabbings in Turku  AFP
Three men have gone on a stabbing rampage in Turku - several injured, suspects still at large

20 August, 2017

The man who stabbed to death two people on Friday in Turku, southwestern Finland, is an 18-year-old Moroccan, Finish police said on Saturday, opening an investigation for terrorism.

At least three people died Friday and several others were hurt in separate stabbing attacks in Finland and Germany, authorities said.

Police said at a press conference that in addition to the main suspect, four other men have been arrested and an global search warrant has been issued for another suspect.

The attack occurred at two market places close to each other in the city center - Kauppatori, known in English as Central Market Square, as well as the Puutori Market Square, police said. Local police say they are "searching for possible more perpetrators in Turku".

"The suspect's identity and nationality are yet to be determined", he added.

A picture taken with a smart phone shows the Market Square in Turku.

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Police say that a suspect is in custody and being treated in a hospital after officers shot him in the thigh. "We will not let this happen" the country's interior minister said on Twitter.

This is a breaking news story and is being updated with more information as we get it.

Turku is in Finland's southwest and lies around 140 kilometers (around 85 miles) west of the capital, Helsinki.

The AP reports that witness Laura Laine described the attack to YLE: "We heard that a young woman was screaming. The government will meet later today", Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila wrote on Twitter.

The stabbing in Germany also comes a day after 14 people were killed in twin terror attacks in Spain.

Finnish police said security had been reinforced at Helsinki's airport and train stations after the stabbings.

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