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Knife-Wielding Man Kills 2 in Rampage in Finland

The authorities in Turku, a city of more than 180,000, said the attack began in one of its main squares shortly after 4 p.m. when a man brandishing a knife stabbed a woman.

Wali Hashi, a journalist who saw the episode, said in an interview that a group of people chased the knife-wielding man, who was screaming “God is great” in Arabic.

“I was shocked and terrified to see such a horrible incident,” Mr. Hashi said. The police declined to confirm whether the assailant had yelled anything in Arabic.

The man then ran to another city square, where the police apprehended him and recovered the knife.

A resident of Turku told the Finnish national broadcaster, YLE, that she had been about 50 feet from the man when he attacked people in the second square.

“We heard a young woman scream at the corner of the square,” the resident, identified as Laura Laine, said. “We saw a man at the square, a knife flashing and waving in the air. I understood that he had stabbed something.”

The interior minister, Paula Risikko, said that the police were at an increased state of readiness across the country, with reinforced patrols, and that border controls had been tightened.

Prime Minister Juha Sipila offered his condolences to the families of the victims and, according to Reuters, said the stabbings “are shocking us all.”

Correction: August 18, 2017

An earlier version of this article misstated the outcome of the confrontation between police and a man accused of stabbing several people in Finland. The police shot and apprehended the man. They did not kill him.

Source: NYT > World

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