A male student armed with a sword killed a woman and wounded nine others in an attack at a college in eastern Finland on Tuesday which the prime minister described as “shocking”, reports Trend referring to Reuters.
The suspected attacker, who was in his mid-twenties, used “a sabre-type of bladed weapon”, chief inspector Mikko Lyytinen said in the city of Kuopio where the attack took place around noon (0900 GMT). The motive for the attack was not clear.
A police spokesman put the toll at one dead and 10 wounded, including the suspect. He was seriously hurt when police opened fire on him at the college, located in a shopping center, Lyytinen said.
The suspect was caught eight minutes after the alarm was raised and the wounded were taken to Kuopio University Hospital.
The hospital’s chief physician, Antti Hedman, told Finland’s public broadcaster YLE that the victims were aged between 15 and 50, and more than half were female. Two were seriously hurt.
“Eight of the patients were less seriously injured, mostly with wounds from defending themselves,” Hedman said.
Police did not name the suspected attacker, but said he was a male Finnish citizen born in 1994.
In addition to the sword, he carried a gun but it remained unclear whether he used it, police said.
At the time of the attack, there was also a small, fire on the shopping center’s second floor that had been deliberately lit but police did not say whether the attacker had started it.
Police said they found unused petrol bombs when they raided his apartment in the afternoon.