Published: Tue, October 01, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

One Dead and Ten Injured In Sword Attack At Finnish School

One Dead and Ten Injured In Sword Attack At Finnish School

Among the injured are a police officer and the suspect himself who is said to be a native-born Finnish citizen and is also said to have possessed a firearm at the time of the attack.

Police gave no further details on what had happened or what provoked the violence.

Police vans are seen in front of the Herman shopping center where the Savo Vocational College is located in Kuopio, Finland on October 1, 2019.

Ville Hokkanen, a spokesman at the Eastern Finland Police Department, told Reuters the man had used a bladed weapon in the attack and had carried a gun. "While I was helping the teacher, I started hearing other shouts for help".

"One person died in the incident and 10 were injured, one of which was the suspect", Hokkanen said. The wounded have been taken to Kuopio university hospital where a major disaster alert is under way. They did not say if the suspect was shot. Police have detained one perpetrator. "The injured have been evacuated", East Finland police said in a statement.

Eyewitness reports in Finnish media said the suspected assailant burst into a classroom in Savo Vocational College on Tuesday morning.

In a tweet, Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne described the attack as "shocking and utterly reprehensible".

The vocational school in the mall is for students aged 16 years and older.

Ther attack comes just over two years since another mass stabbing attack in the city of Turku that saw a failed asylum seeker from Morocco go on a stabbing spree that led to two deaths and eight others injured.

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