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Two people dead after multiple stabbing in Finland

Turku Market Square with a yellow ambulance on the corner of the square. Picture from Lehtikuva via AP

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Two people have died and six others been injured in a stabbing in the Finnish city of Turku.

Police shot the suspect in the leg and detained him.

A search is still under way for more potential suspects in the city, officers said.

Finnish broadcaster YLE said several people were seen lying on the ground in Puutori square in central Turku.

On Twitter, police urged people to avoid that part of the city, which is about 90 miles west of the capital, Helsinki.

One person has been "apprehended," Finnish police said, adding "several people had been stabbed".

The tabloid Ilta-Sanomat said six people had been injured, one man and five women, adding that a woman with a buggy had been attacked by a man with a large knife.

Prime minister Juha Sipila said the government is closely monitoring the ongoing police operation and will hold an emergency meeting later.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said there were no reports of Irish citizens being caught up in the stabbing.

It advised Irish citizens in Turku to "exercise caution and follow the advice of the local authorities". 

"They are also advised to make contact with family and friends in Ireland to let them know they are safe."

Anyone with concerns for loved ones in Turku can contact the department’s consular assistance team on 00 353 1 4082000. 

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