Just a day after the attacks in Spain left 13 dead, several people have been stabbed in the Finnish city of Turku. Two are dead and six have been injured in the attack, the motivation of which is not yet clear. “Paula Risikko, the interior minister, said she did not yet know whether the attack was related to terrorism,” the Guardian reports. “Finland is traditionally peaceful but the national security intelligence service raised the terrorism threat level in June, saying it had become aware of more serious terrorism-related plans.” That being said, it is important to emphasize that the police have not yet found a terrorist connection in this attack.
Turku is a busy business and culture center, as well as a former capital of Finland.The attack took place in a market in the southwest corner of the city. “The government is closely following the events in Turku and the ongoing police operation,” the Prime Minister tweeted. “The government will meet later today.” Police reportedly shot at and arrested one man at the scene.
“We heard that a young woman was screaming. We saw a man on the square and a knife glittered,” a witness said. “He was waving it in the air. I understood that he had stabbed someone.” Details are still forthcoming, so we will have to wait to understand the motivation of the attack and the severity of injuries sustained. For now, two are dead, one man has been arrested, and more information has yet to be released.
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The police have advised that people stay away from the city and for those in the city to exercise caution. RT UK is reporting that the city centre is on lockdown. Our thoughts are with the people of Turku and Finland in this difficult time and we urge anyone in the area to stay safe.