Police have confirmed a knife rampage in Turku, Finland, which killed two people and injured eight was an act of terrorism.
An 18-year-old man from Morocco was arrested after two Finnish nationals were stabbed to death yesterday.
Police shot the suspect in the leg before they detained him.
‘Due to information received during the night, the Turku stabbings are now being investigated as murders with terrorist intent,’ the National Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.
Footage from the scene in the city centre had shown people running away during the attack.
Police tweeted: ‘Several people stabbed in central Turku. People are requested to avoid the city centre.’
The government has increased security nationwide following the stabbings.
The Security Intelligence Service previously raised the terrorism threat level in June to ‘elevated’ from ‘low’, saying it had become aware of terrorism-related plans in Finland.
Authorities revealed the wounded victims included people from Italy and Sweden but the severity of the injuries were not revealed.
Flags in the country are currently flying half-mast on Saturday across the Nordic country where violent crime is relatively rare.