Thursday, October 3, 2019

1 dead, 10 injured in brutal sword attack at Finnish college

1 person has been killed and another 10 have been wounded after a student brought a sword to a local college in Kuopio, Finland and began attacking people, police say.  

According to police, when they arrived at the crime scene at around 12:39 pm, the suspect, who's said to be ‘native-born Finnish citizen’, was carrying a ‘saber-like weapon’ and a firearm. Police then used firearms to subdue the dangerous assailant.  

Among the injured were the suspect himself and a responding police officer. BBC reports that those wounded in the attack were aged between 15-50. The dead victim has been identified as a woman and appears to have been the attacker’s intended target, KSML reports.  

Heikki Miettinen, the medical director at Kuopio University Hospital where the victims were treated, told YLE that although the victims suffered different kinds of cuts which ranged in severity, none of them were in a life-threatening condition.  

As of right now, a motive for the attack has yet to be determined. However, BBC has claimed that the first person who the blade-toting man attacked was a teacher at the college.  

In response to the attack, Prime Minister Antti Rinne took to Twitter writing: "The violence at Savo Vocational College in Kuopio is shocking and completely unacceptable. I've spoken with the Director-General of Police and the government's monitoring the situation closely.  

"On behalf of myself and the entire Government, I extend my condolences to all the relative," he added.  

Anna-Maja Henriksson, the Finnish justice minister also commented on the disturbing attack, saying: "I strongly condemn the shocking acts of violence that have taken place in Kuopio. My condolences to relatives. Strength to all wounded, their relatives and students and staff of the Vocational College and all Kuopio residents."  

The sword attack comes 2 years after a migrant from Morocco went on a stabbing spree in Turku that saw 2 murdered and 8 others injured.

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