More suspects sought after several people stabbed in Finnish city

19 August, 2017, 08:04 | Author: Randy Kelley
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Finnish police patrol the streets after stabbings in Turku

A manhunt is underway as police search for what they described as "more perpetrators" in the city, suggesting there may have been a brawl or even mass attack. Turku's main hospital had established a crisis centre at which trauma counselling would be available.

One of the people stabbed was pushing a stroller, according to The Sun.

The deadly stabbing spree came a day after two suspected militant attacks in Spain killed 14 people.

"At least 5 victims, most likely some fatalities one was a woman with a baby", one witness tweeted, The Sun of the United Kingdom reported. The attack took place in the heart of the port city in southwestern Finland, just after 3 pm (1300 GMT) in a bustling neighbourhood. "I don't know what he looked like, I just saw this knife, I just saw this knife... it was just terrible". "I took her aside".

Kent Svensson, 44, from Sweden also recalled seeing a man with "a huge white knife".

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"We started running towards our auto and, as we got there, my boyfriend said a woman had been stabbed several times in the neck", she told Reuters. "This guy was just constantly stabbing. There were people lying everywhere".

The city, which covers about 245 square kms, sits across the Aura River. And then this happens. "A bloodied woman with a child "fell to the ground". She was dead. It's just bad", he said.

"Police have told us not to go to the city center, so we are in this coffee shop a few blocks away", said Vanessa Deggins, an American studying business at one of Turku's three universities, told The Associated Press.

The Finish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä tweeted to say his government is closely monitoring the situation. The president's official Twitter account had earlier announced that senior members of the government had been in touch already and would meet later in the evening to discuss the incident.

He told Newstalk Drive the centre of the city has been evacuated.



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