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2 killed in Finland stabbings

Police shot and wounded a suspect after a stabbing spree in which a man killed two people and wounded six others in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday.

Within hours the force had announced increased police patrols across the country.

“There are eight victims in the stabbing. Two dead and six injured,” Turku police tweeted after the assault in a market square. A hospital official told journalists all the victims were adults.

Police shot a suspect in the thigh minutes after the attack at another square nearby, arresting him and confiscating his knife.

His identity has not yet been established, police said late Friday, nor was the motive for the attack clear.

Police described the suspect in custody as “a young man of foreign origin”, providing no other details except to say they were collaborating with the Finnish Immigration Service.

While security forces wrote on Twitter that police were “looking for other possible perpetrators”, police told journalists it was likely there was only one attacker.

Police assured Turku residents the city was safe on Friday evening. (AFP)

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