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Injured: paramedic Hassan Zubier

Injured: paramedic Hassan Zubier

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Injured: paramedic Hassan Zubier

A British man hailed a hero after he was injured while helping victims of a suspected terror attack in Finland has said he feels sad he could not save a woman's life.

Hassan Zubier is still being cared for in hospital in the city of Turku, 90 miles west of capital Helsinki, after he was wounded in the knife rampage that left two Finnish women dead.

Mr Zubier, who is reportedly a British-born paramedic now living in Sweden, has received international praise for his bravery in coming to the aid of others, including a woman who died in his arms.

But he told the BBC: "I am not a hero. I did what I was trained for. I did my best and more."

Asked for his thoughts yesterday - two days after the attack - Mr Zubier told Finnish news outlet Iltalehti: "Sadness that I couldn't save her life, sadness about the dark in the world right now, that is my thoughts, for all of those who were injured, the other girl that died."

Sitting in a wheelchair and with his left arm in a sling, he added: "It's a sad, sad day, not just for Finland, but for the world, for humanity."

Four Finns, an Italian and a Swede were also injured in the attack, which Finland's Security Intelligence Service said was "a likely terror act".

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Police said the suspect, an 18-year-old Moroccan asylum-seeker, who was shot by officers and arrested, appeared to have targeted women.

Four other Moroccans have been arrested.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokeswoman said: "Our staff have offered support to a British man following an incident in Finland."


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