Gunman kills Finnish politician and journalists in random town centre attack

Gunman kills Finnish politician and journalists in random town centre attack

Update: 1pm The victims of the gun attack in a town in south-eastern Finland have been identified as the chairperson of the Imatra Town Council and two local journalists.

Earlier: A gunman killed three women in an apparent random shooting in a bustling nightlife district in a town in south-eastern Finland, police said.

A 23-year-old local man has been detained for questioning.

The victims were gunned down in a pedestrian area outside a restaurant late on Saturday in Imatra, moments before a police patrol car arrived at the scene, said police spokeswoman Heli Jamsen-Turkki.

The suspect obeyed officers and did not resist arrest, she said.

The women were shot multiple times in the head and torso with a rifle. There was no known motive.

Imatra, which has 28,000 inhabitants, is about 140 miles (230km) east of the capital, Helsinki.

"We decided to open a crisis centre after the shooting occurred right in the middle of the town near restaurants and nightclubs," said Saara Raudasoja, a spokeswoman for the South Karelia Social and Health Care District.

"There were people there when it happened. In such a small place, it's quite a huge incident and many people were shocked."

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