Terror in Turku, Finland—one killed, multiple wounded
Turku, Finland (Reuters) — Finnish police have shot a man who reportedly stabbed several people in the city of Turku in western Finland.
Police said on their Twitter account that people should stay away from the city center and have launched a manhunt for other possible attackers.
Local newspaper Turun Sanomat reported that at least one person was killed in the attack, multiple wounded, and one arrest has been made after a shootout with police.
According to the Associated Press: “six people were injured, one man and five women, and …a woman with stroller was attacked by a man with a large knife.”
Prime Minister Juha Sipila stated on Twitter: “The government is closely following the events in Turku and the ongoing police operation. The government will meet later today.”
There are multiple eyewitness claims on Twitter of the assailant shouting “Allah Akbar” at the scene.
In 2016, 2,500 asylum-seekers "disappeared” from Finnish reception centers. Sanna Palo, head of the Central Bureau of Investigation said in an interview with Finnish news broadcaster MTV3:
It's a risky situation, we do not know who these people are, why they have come here and how they currently make their living, if they haven't obtained asylum [status] but decided to stay here. A serious threat is posed by the fact that there are a lot of people [among those that disappeared] who initially came [to Finland] using false documents or didn't have any papers whatsoever.
This attack comes on the heels of multiple coordinated Islamic terrorist acts in Spain the previous day, for which the Islamic State has taken responsibility.