October 5, 2019

FINLAND: A Sword Wielding Man Went On A Violent Attack At A School In A Shopping Centre. A Woman Was Brutally Killed And 10 Others Injured.

Nine News Australia published October 2, 2019: Man arrested after deadly sword attack in Finland. In the attackers apartment police found a stash of firebombs. But his motive remains a mystery.
Bloomberg News
written by Kati Pohjanpalo and Leo Laikola
Tuesday October 1, 2019

A woman was killed and 10 others injured in a saber attack at a vocational school in Finland.

Law enforcement officers opened fire on the attacker, who wounded one officer, the police said at a press briefing on Tuesday. The perpetrator and one of his victims were both seriously wounded.
A man slit a woman’s throat before stabbing her in the stomach, according to regional newspaper Keskisuomalainen, which cited eye-witness accounts.

Police described the attacker as a Finnish male, born in 1994, and said he was carrying a gun as well as a saber. He is listed as a student at the school at which the attack took place, police said. The victims included students and staff.

A small fire was put out at the scene, and the police said they found firebombs in a raid of the suspect’s home in a local dormitory. According to preliminary information, the assailant didn’t have a criminal record and didn’t practice shooting as a hobby, the police said.

Finland has a history of school attacks and police frequently respond to threats. In 2007 and 2008, mass shootings resulted in tighter gun laws. But attackers have also resorted to other weapons. In 2017, a young Moroccan man stabbed two people to death in what was subsequently categorized as a terrorist incident in Turku, on the southwest coast.

Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation will take over the case.
Reuters News
written by Staff
Friday October 4, 2019

HELSINKI (Reuters) - A Finnish district court ordered on Friday the continued detention of a man suspected of killing a Ukrainian woman and wounding nine people with a sword at a vocational school in eastern Finland on Tuesday, police said after the hearing.

The man, named in court as 24-year-old Joel Marin, is suspected of one murder and nine attempted murders, Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation said in a statement, after asking the court to order that he be held in custody while investigations continued.

Charges against Marin must be pressed in court by Feb. 13 at latest, the court ruled.

Marin participated in the hearing via a live video stream from hospital where he is being held after being shot by police after the attack.

Police said Marin had entered his classroom with what they described as “a saber-type of bladed weapon” and attacked his teacher and fellow students, leaving one woman dead and nine wounded in the town of Kuopio.

The dead woman was a 23-year-old from Ukraine who studied at the school with the attacker, police said.

“We already have quite a good understanding of the course of events but defining the motive and other factors behind the act require persevering with investigations and going through the suspect’s personal history,” chief investigator Olli Toyras said in a statement.

Finland’s Prime Minister Antti Rinne traveled to Kuopio on Friday to visit the school and to meet locals.

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