The Latest: Police: 2 dead, 6 wounded in Finland stabbings

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The Latest: Police: 2 dead, 6 wounded in Finland stabbings
The Latest: Police: 2 dead, 6 wounded in Finland stabbings

HELSINKI (AP) – The Latest on stabbing in Finland (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

Police in Finland say that two people have been killed and six others wounded in stabbings in the western city of Turku.

Police say that a suspect is in custody and being treated in a hospital after officers shot him.

Turku is about 150 kilometers (90 miles) west of the capital, Helsinki.

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7 p.m.

Finland’s main news agency says one person has died in the stabbings in the western city of Turku.

The STT agency cited the hospital where the victim died.

Finland’s top police chief Seppo Kolehmainen said it was too early to link the events in Turku to international terrorism, according to the YLE broadcaster.

Kolehmainen said it was “nothing is known about the motives … or what precisely has happened in Turku.”

Police earlier said officers shot a man in the leg and detained him after the stabbings. Police also say they are looking for more potential suspects.

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6:35 p.m.

Police in Finland say they are looking for more potential suspects in the stabbing of several people in the western city of Turku.

Police made the announcement on Twitter, also warning people to leave and avoid central Turku. Earlier, police said they shot one man in the leg who was suspected of stabbing several people.

Finnish broadcaster YLE says several people were seen lying on the ground in the central part of the city.

Tabloid Ilta-Sanomat says six people were injured, one man and five women, and that a woman with stroller was attacked by a man with a large knife.

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6:10 p.m.

Police in Finland say they have shot a man in the leg after he was suspected of stabbing several people in the western city of Turku.

Finnish broadcaster YLE says several people were seen lying on the ground in the central part of the city.

On Twitter, police urged people to avoid that part of Turku.

Tabloid Ilta-Sanomat says six people were injured, one man and five women, and that a woman with stroller was attacked by a man with a large knife.

An armed police officer on the Turku Market Square Friday Aug. 18, 2017, after several people were stabbed. A man is thought to have stabbed several people in Finland’s western city of Turku before police shot him in a leg and detained him, police said, adding that authorities were looking for more potential suspects.
(Roni Lehti/Lehtikuva via AP)
Turku Market Square on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, with a yellow ambulance on the corner of the square (behind red car). Police in Finland say they have shot a man in the leg after he was suspected of stabbing several people in the western city of Turku. (Lehtikuva via AP)