Finland Kuopio School Attack
Police Authorities have confirmed a violent event at Kuopio Savo vocational school in Herman shopping center. At least one person died in the incident in the eastern Finnish city of Kuopio on Tuesday, police said. Police told to media also nine other victims wounded and rushed to hospitals, including the attacker, had been hurt.
NEW — Finland: At least 9 injured due to ‘violence’ at vocational school in Kuopio. Police have fired gun, and one person is in custody.
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A witness told Finnish media that a student entered Savo college carrying a sword and stabbed several people.
Police said the suspect was carrying a “bladed weapon” and a gun.
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They said they used a firearm when they arrived at the school, which is in a shopping center south of the centre of Kuopio.
Another witness told local radio that armed police had confronted the suspect and two shots had been fired.
The suspect, who police say is Finnish man, was among those wounded in the attack. Two are described as in a serious condition.
At least one person was killed and several others were injured in what police say was a violent incident at a school complex in Kuopio, Finland https://t.co/DbgrGSpobt
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“One dead body has been found at the college premises of Kuopio Herman,” police said. The wounded have been taken to Kuopio university hospital where a major disaster alert is under way.
The college has about 600 students and 40 staff, but officials say it is unclear how many were at the scene at the time of the attack. One woman told Finnish media how she had helped a female teacher who suffered a deep wound to her hand.
Prime Minister Antti Rinne said the violence at the college was “shocking and completely unacceptable”, while Education Minister Li Andersson said every young person had a right to study in safety, without fear of violence.
One killed and 10 wounded in violent attack at vocational college in Kuopio, Finland https://t.co/1nGnGMh3DG
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Finland is considered a relatively safe country, with a total of 73 homicides in 2017, but it does have a large gun-owning population. In 2008, a 22-year-old gunman shot dead 10 people in the town of Kauhajoki before fatally shooting himself.