Latest: Two dead and six injured following Finland stabbing incident

Latest: Two dead and six injured following Finland stabbing incident
A picture taken with a smart phone shows the Market Square in Turku. Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Update 9.15pm: Police said the man in custody is likely to have acted alone, but they are not ruling out the involvement of other people.

They said the man stabbed eight people, killing two of them, before police shot him in the thigh and detained him. Authorities are trying to determine his identity and nationality.

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

He said officials are doing what they can "so that all Finns are able to feel safe".

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Finnish police patrols in Central Helsinki. Photo: LINDA MANNER/AFP/Getty Images
Finnish police patrols in Central Helsinki. Photo: LINDA MANNER/AFP/Getty Images

Update 5.15pm: Two people have been killed and six others were injured in a stabbing incident in the western Finnish city of Turku, police said.

A suspect is in custody and being treated in hospital after officers shot him.

Turku is about 90 miles west of the capital, Helsinki.

Security is being stepped up across the country in the wake of the incident, Finland's interior minister Paula Risikko said during a news conference.

Update 5pm: One person has died in the stabbing incident in western Finland, according to reports.

Earlier Police in Finland have shot a man in the leg after he was suspected of stabbing several people in the western city of Turku.

Broadcaster YLE said several people were seen lying on the ground in the central part of the city.

On Twitter, police urged people to avoid that part of Turku.

One person has been "apprehended," Finnish police said, adding "several people had been stabbed".

The victims' conditions have not been revealed.

A video grab taken from Twitter shows officials standing in a street in the Finnish city of Turku where several people were stabbed. Photo: JUHA RIIHIMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
A video grab taken from Twitter shows officials standing in a street in the Finnish city of Turku where several people were stabbed. Photo: JUHA RIIHIMAKI/AFP/Getty Images

The tabloid Ilta-Sanomat said six people were injured, one man and five women, and that a woman with a buggy was attacked by a man with a large knife.

A search for potential suspects is ongoing.

The Irish embassy in Finland say there are no reports of Irish people being caught up in the incident.

Anyone with concerns is being advised to call the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin.

A policeman patrols in Central Helsinki. Photo: LINDA MANNER/AFP/Getty Images)
A policeman patrols in Central Helsinki. Photo: LINDA MANNER/AFP/Getty Images)

Prime minister Juha Sipila said the government is closely monitoring the ongoing police operation and will hold an emergency meeting later.

A news conference is planned for 7pm local time (5pm Irish time) in Turku.

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