Finland sword attacker who killed student carried firearm

The sword-wielding attacker who killed one and injured ten at an attack in Finland on Tuesday also carried a firearm, local newspapers reported citing police.

The unnamed suspect was a 25-year-old Finnish national and a student of Savo Vocational College in Kuopio where the attack took place around 12.20pm.

Police said the attacker’s motive was not clear.

A female student was killed in the attack while two others suffered serious injuries. A police officer was among the ten injured.

A witness said the man fatally stabbed the student in the stomach.

Another witness working in a nearby garage said she saw a woman running out of the college building in panic. Several students and staff members came out soon calling for help.

Responding to a call, police arrived at the college around 12.30pm and arrested the man within eight minutes after an exchange of fire in which he was seriously injured.

The assailant underwent a surgery at Kuopio University Hospital where doctors said his condition was stable.

The man has not been formally charged but, after questioning, he may be booked for murder and attempt to murder.

Finnish language newspaper Keskisuomalainen said the man’s main target was a young female student who died in the attack. The newspaper did not identify the victim.

Another local newspaper confirmed that the assailant was a student of Savo College.

The National Bureau of Investigation is probing the case, police said.

The man did not have a prior criminal record, dpa reported citing detective chief inspector Mikko Lyytinen.

Police seized a computer and petrol bombs from his flat during a search, the agency said.

Finnish leaders including President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Antti Rinne expressed shock over the incident and said their prayers are with the victims and their families.

In 2013, a 16-year-old male student stabbed three female students and a school janitor at another vocational school in Oulu.

In 2008, a 22-year-old man targeted a trade school in in Kauhajoki killing 10 people before taking his own life.