Several people stabbed in Finland's city of Turku, suspect arrested

Paula Riskko ja Juha Sipil

Police urged people to leave the centre as they said they were searching for more possible attackers throughout the city.

Several people were stabbed in an attack in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday, police said, warning people to stay away from the city as they reinforced security around the country.

Kent Svensson, 44, from Sweden who was in Turku said he witnessed a man with "a huge white knife" running and stabbing people in his path. One died and several others were injured, according to local media.

"Police have shot a suspected assailant in the leg".

A young boy and elderly woman are also said to have been involved, the Tarun Sanomat reported, adding that at least one person has died.

An Yle reporter at the scene says that the body on the ground at Puutori has been covered. "People are requested to avoid the city centre".

Finnish police in the Eastern Uusimaa region on Twitter warned citizens to be on alert near the Helsinki-Vantaan airport and train stations.

In 2012, Finland's then-prime minister Jyrki Katainen escaped a knife attack in Turku while campaigning for municipal elections.

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