Police vans are seen in entrance of the Herman procuring heart the place the Savo Vocational School is situated in Kuopio, Finland, October 1, 2019. Hannu Rainamo/Lehtikuva/by way of REUTERS
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – One individual was killed and 10 have been injured at a school in japanese Finland on Tuesday in a violent incident newspaper mentioned started when a pupil attacked a trainer with a sword.
Police mentioned they’d opened hearth through the incident at a school situated in a shopping mall within the city of Kuopio. One individual, recognized as a male Finnish citizen, was taken into custody. Police mentioned he was among the many injured.
Finnish newspaper Iltalehti quoted a witness as saying pupil had come to class with a big bag, taken out a sword and attacked a trainer.
Ville Hokkanen, spokesman on the Japanese Finland Police Division, advised Reuters the person had used a bladed weapon within the assault and had carried a gun.
“One individual died within the incident and 10 have been injured, one in all which was the suspect,” Hokkanen mentioned. “Two of those 10 have been critically injured.”
He declined to say whether or not police knew the rationale for the assault or whether or not man was a pupil on the faculty.
Police have been anticipated to provide extra particulars in a information convention later within the afternoon.
“The act of violence at Savo Vocational School in Kuopio is surprising and we totally condemn it,” Prime Minister Antti Rinne mentioned on Twitter. “I’ve had discussions with prime cops and the federal government is following the state of affairs intently.”
Finland has seen two lethal faculty assaults prior to now 12 years. In 2007, a pupil on the Jokela Excessive College shot eight folks lifeless earlier than killing himself. In 2008, a 22-year-old pupil at a vocational faculty in Kauhajoki shot 10 folks lifeless earlier than committing suicide.
Reporting by Simon Johnson, Anna Ringstrom, Johan Ahlander and Niklas Pollard in Stockholm, Tarmo Virki in Tallinn; Gdansk newsroom; Modifying by Andrew Heavens and Angus MacSwan