14 dead, several injured in Finland's Turku city knife stabbing

Police said on Twitter they were searching for more possible perpetrators in Turku and that they were patrolling a shopping mall. The BBC says the suspect is now being held by police in a nearby pub while authorities - who have not yet assigned a motive for the attack - assess any further risk.

Multiple people were stabbed in the Puutori-Market Square. 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.

The director of Turku University Hospital, where the victims and the attacker are being treated, said all of the victims were adults.

Finnish police tweeted that "several people" had been stabbed, adding: "The person is arrested".

It is believed two people are dead and six others have been injured, including one woman pushing a baby in a pram. Police warned people to stay away from the city and reinforced security nationwide. "People are asked to leave and avoid the center of Turku". One person is dead.

An asylum seeker went on a stabbing spree at a supermarket in the German city of Hamburg that same month, killing one person and injuring several others.

Three people are now undergoing surgery, YLE reports, citing hospital sources. "She was bleeding all over her body", Wali Hashi, who witnessed the attack, told AFP.

The country's president, Sauli Niinisto, visited Turku later Friday and condemned what he called a "shocking and cowardly act".

Sundqvist said police were on the scene within a few minutes of the first reports of the stabbings.

Translated from Finnish, he wrote: "The Government will closely monitor the situation and the ongoing police operation in Turku". The president's official Twitter account had earlier announced that senior members of the government had been in touch already and would meet later in the evening to discuss the incident.

  • Marlene Weaver