Finland college attack: One dead and 10 wounded in Kuopio

One person has been killed and 10 others wounded in a violent attack at a vocational college in the Finnish city of Kuopio, police say.

A witness told Finnish media that a student entered Savo college carrying a sword and stabbed several people.

Police said the suspect was carrying a “bladed weapon” and a gun.

They said officers used a firearm when detaining the suspect after arriving at the school, which is in a shopping centre south of the centre of Kuopio.

Another witness told local radio that armed police had confronted the suspect, who walked into a class at about midday on Tuesday, and two shots had been fired.

The college is on the premises of the Herman shopping centre in KuopioImage copyrightAFP
Image captionPolice said a body had been found on the premises, part of the Herman shopping centre

The suspect, who police said was a Finnish man, was among those wounded in the attack. A police officer was also reportedly injured. Two people were said to be in a serious condition.

“One dead body has been found at the college premises of Kuopio Herman,” police said. The wounded were taken to Kuopio university hospital.

Students ‘threw chairs’ at attacker

The college has about 600 students and 40 staff, but officials said it was unclear how many were at the scene at the time of the attack.