Knife Attack in Turku, Finland

(Photo by Roni Lehti/Lehtikuva via AP and Newscred) Armed police officers secure the area after several people were stabbed on the Market Square in Turku, Finland. // Photo by Roni Lehti/Lehtikuva via AP and Newscred

A knife-wielding assailant has killed two people and injured six others in Turku, a city on the southwest coast of Finland.

YLE News reports that police shot the attacker in the leg and detained him. The incident is not currently being investigated as a terror attack, but that could change as new information becomes available. While police had initially asked people to avoid the city center, by the evening they said that they were confident that the area was safe for the general public again.

According to the BBC, the incident took place in the Puutori-Market Square area. The attack forced the evacuation of several nearby buildings, and police investigated a number of people in a shopping center, but did not link them to the attack.

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Turku is a city on the southwest coast of Finland that straddles the Aura River. It is known for a number of tourist attractions, especially Turku Castle, a medieval fortress with a history museum, the 700-year-old Turku Cathedral, which also has an attached museum, as well as a nearby scenic archipelago. The attack comes as Turku is celebrating two important events in Finland: the countrys 100th anniversary, as well as the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

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