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Turku stabbing: Two dead and suspect shot in the leg after attack in Finland

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Finnish police patrols in Central Helsinki on August 18, 2017.
Finnish Police announced they will rise the readiness after stabbings in Turku / AFP PHOTO / Lehtikuva / Linda MANNER / Finland OUTLINDA MANNER/AFP/Getty Images

Finnish police patrols in Central Helsinki on August 18, 2017. Finnish Police announced they will rise the readiness after stabbings in Turku / AFP PHOTO / Lehtikuva / Linda MANNER / Finland OUTLINDA MANNER/AFP/Getty Images

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A policeman patrols in Central Helsinki on August 18, 2017.
Finnish Police announced they will rise the readiness after stabbings in Turku. / AFP PHOTO / Lehtikuva / Linda Manner / Finland OUTLINDA MANNER/AFP/Getty Images

A policeman patrols in Central Helsinki on August 18, 2017. Finnish Police announced they will rise the readiness after stabbings in Turku. / AFP PHOTO / Lehtikuva / Linda Manner / Finland OUTLINDA MANNER/AFP/Getty Images

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A picture taken with a smart phone shows the Market Square in Turku on August 18, 2017.
Several people were stabbed in the southwestern Finnish city of Turku on Friday, police said after shooting and arresting a suspect. / AFP PHOTO / Lehtikuva / STR / Finland OUTSTR/AFP/Getty Images

A picture taken with a smart phone shows the Market Square in Turku on August 18, 2017. Several people were stabbed in the southwestern Finnish city of Turku on Friday, police said after shooting and arresting a suspect. / AFP PHOTO / Lehtikuva / STR / Finland OUTSTR/AFP/Getty Images

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Finnish police patrols in Central Helsinki on August 18, 2017. Finnish Police announced they will rise the readiness after stabbings in Turku / AFP PHOTO / Lehtikuva / Linda MANNER / Finland OUTLINDA MANNER/AFP/Getty Images

Two people have been killed and six others were injured in a stabbing incident in the western Finnish city of Turku, police said.

A suspect is in custody and being treated in hospital after officers shot him in the leg.

Security is being stepped up across the country in the wake of the incident, Finland's interior minister Paula Risikko said during a news conference.

A search is still under way for more potential suspects in the city, officers said earlier.

Finnish broadcaster YLE said several people were seen lying on the ground in Puutori square in central Turku.

On Twitter, police urged people to avoid that part of the city, which is about 90 miles west of the capital, Helsinki.

One person has been "apprehended," Finnish police said, adding "several people had been stabbed".

Prime minister Juha Sipila said the government is closely monitoring the ongoing police operation and will hold an emergency meeting later.

Belfast Telegraph