Finnish broadcaster YLE says several people were seen lying on the ground in the central part of the city. On Twitter, police urged people to avoid that part of Turku.
Atleast one dead and eight people were injured in the Finnish city of Turku, after an assailant attacked them with a knife, according to Bloomberg report, in yet another shocking attack on the public close in the wake of the terror attack in Spain, it has been revealed that a man has gone on a stabbing spree on the streets. Police in Finland say they have shot a man in the leg after he was suspected of stabbing several people in the western city of Turku. Finnish broadcaster YLE says several people were seen lying on the ground in the central part of the city. On Twitter, police urged people to avoid that part of Turku. Tabloid Ilta-Sanomat says six people were injured, one man and five women, and that a woman with a stroller was attacked by a man with a large knife. Several people were wounded in the stabbing attack.
Police are currently searching for other suspects who may have been involved in the stabbing attack. Prime Minister Juha Sipila said the government was closely monitoring the ongoing police operation and holding an emergency meeting later today. Police have asked people to avoid the part of town where the stabbing attack has taken place.
Security forces wrote on Twitter that police were “looking for other possible perpetrators”. “They ask the population to leave and avoid central Turku,” the tweet added. Public television station Yle reported that central Turku was on lockdown, with businesses shut. MTV3 television reported that police have raised security at Helsinki airport and at train stations. The stabbing spree comes with Europe on high alert a day after drivers slammed into pedestrians in twin attacks in Spain, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than 100 others. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack.
(With inputs from AP and AFP)