19 August, 2017
Police are now searching for other suspects who may have been involved in the stabbing attack.
The events took place around the adjoining squares Puutori and Kauppatori. A manhunt is underway as police search for what they described as "more perpetrators" in the city, suggesting there may have been a brawl or even mass attack.
Finland police shot one man who is suspected to be one of the attacker and have arrested him.
South-West Finland police said via Twitter: "Several people stabbed in central Turku".
A woman with a baby was among those attacked by a man with a large knife, an eyewitness said.
Interior Minister Paula Risikko she did not yet know whether the attack was related to terrorism.
Police warned people to stay away from the city and reinforced security nationwide, with increased patrols and more surveillance, in case more people were involved.
"At least 5 victims, most likely some fatalities one was a woman with a baby", one witness tweeted, The Sun of the United Kingdom reported. The attack happened at the commercial center of Turku, a port and university town of about 180,000 located two hours west of Helsinki.
Police told reporters they could not confirm whether the assailant had shouted any words in Arabic, as some witness accounts quoted by local media said. The city dates to the 13th century and boasts a medieval fortress known as the Turku Castle.
'Several people stabbed in central Turku. The number of attackers is unclear as there are conflicting reports.
Prime Minister Juha Sipila tweeted that his government was "following the situation in Turku closely and the police operation underway". She didn't witness the attack, but heard emergency sirens going past.
Police have also stepped up their presence at the Helsinki airport and railway stations.
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