Finland stabbings: Man shot and held after attacks

Police in Finland say the man who's in custody in a deadly stabbing attack in the western city of Turku is likely to have acted alone, but they are not ruling out the involvement of other people.

The police said they were hunting for one or more assailants, but could not immediately provide more information about the circumstances of the attack.

Authorities have warned people to stay away from the city center following the attack, which reportedly took place in the Puutori-Market Square area. Jesse Brown, 29, described to NBC what he witnessed at the scene: "I saw police shoot a man. People were running and there was talk about possible knife attackers".

Finnish television channel MTV said security had been heightened at Helsinki's global airport but didn't give details. "We saw a man on the square, with a knife in his hand and he was waving it".

The suspect was described as "a young foreigner" late Friday and taken to hospital after being shot in the thigh, police said.

Prime Minister Juha Sipila chaired an emergency Cabinet meeting via conference call late Friday, where police gave a briefing.

People are advised to avoid the area of alleged attack.

Police "have not confirmed" media reports that the attacker was shouting "Allahu Akbar" at the time of the assault, Cser told RT. "I understood that he had stabbed someone", Laine was quoted as saying. The attack was reported from the southwestern city of Turku, where police reportedly shot a man in the leg before arresting him in this connection.

Police said at least eight people were injured and two have been killed.

Turku sits on the coast around 140 kilometers (around 85 miles) west of the capital, Helsinki.

On Thursday, a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds in Barcelona, Spain, killing 13 people and wounding scores of others.

Finland's interior minister Paula Risikko said that security was being stepped up across the country following the stabbings.

  • Eleanor Harrison