Friday, August 18, 2017

Finland: 'Allahu Akbar' screaming attacker goes on rampage - two dead, several injured

(Turku) At around 1640hrs local time, a lone knifeman attacked random people, stabbing several people (including a mother and her baby). The Ilta-Sanomat tabloid said six people were injured in the attack, one man and five women, and that a woman with a stroller had been attacked by a man with a large knife. Finnish broadcaster YLE said several people were seen lying on the ground in Puutori Square after the attack. Finnish police have stated that they have shot and arrested one man and are not looking for anybody else.

So far, the identity of the suspect is unknown to the police, with the authorities checking with Europol to identify the attacker. According to Minister of the Interior Paula Risikko, “This is a foreign-looking person” and the Finnish Immigration Service will investigate whether he had a right to be in Finland.

From Mirror:
Armed police have opened fire on knife-wielding attacker who witnesses claim was 'screaming Allahu Akbar' as he went on a rampage 'randomly stabbing people' in Finland.

Two people have died in what people initially believed to be a terror-related incident - although police say it's too early to be certain and said this evening it is NOT currently being investigated as such.

Police earlier said "several people have been knifed" in the centre of Turku this afternoon - including 'a woman and a baby' in a pushchair, according to local media.

The knifeman has been identified as an 18 year old Moroccan and the authorities have deemed this a terrorist incident.