For the second day in a row, terror-plagued Europe has suffered an attack.
Eight people were stabbed — including a mother pushing her baby in a stroller — by an assailant in the center of Turku, Finland, Friday, in an incident that is still being investigated by local authorities.
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Though the official motives for the stabbing spree remains undetermined, the apprehended suspect is a young male described by authorities as “not Finnish,” according to a report. Later, police described the assailant as a “youngish man with a foreign background.”
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Two people have died from their injuries, and another six are wounded, police said in a statement.
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Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation, a police outfit that focuses on serious crimes such as acts of terrorism, has taken over the investigation. They will hold a press conference at 2 P.M. local time Saturday.
In June, the Finish Security Intelligence Service (SUPO) raised the terrorism threat level from “low” to “elevated,” citing intel on potential Islamic terror.