There have been two reported deaths and at least one arrest after an alleged knife attack in a Finnish market square.
Finnish authorities report at least 8 injuries in addition to the two confirmed fatalities which occurred in the southwest city of Turku in Finland. At just before 5 pm local time, Finnish authorities sent out a tweet stating that several people had been stabbed and discouraging people from going near the center of the city.
Witnesses stated that they heard screaming and saw a knife glittering in at least one man’s hand; though some initial accounts alleged that an attacker may have yelled “Allahu Akbar,” the Finnish interior minister Paula Risikko has stated that authorities were as yet unsure whether the attack was terrorism related.
Finland had recently raised its terrorism threat level in June when authorities stated that they were “aware of more serious terrorism-related plans” according to The Guardian.
Police have reportedly shot and arrested one man in connection with the attack and are also reportedly still seeking other suspects. They continue to encourage people to stay away from the center part of Turku in particular as they work to determine if there are any other suspects at large.
Prime Minister Juha Sipila tweeted: “The government is closely following the events in Turku and the ongoing police operation. The government will meet later today.”
Turku was once the capital of Finland and remains an active area for business and culture.
This attack comes the day after a van crashed into a crowd of people in Barcelona, Spain, killing 14 and injuring at least 100 others. According to CNN, “Authorities…are working under the assumption that two other deadly events, a terrorist incident in the seaside city of Cambrils and a house explosion farther down the coast in Alcanar, were linked to the van attack in Barcelona that had ISIS taking credit.”