No Pinoy hurt in Finland terror attack


Posted at Aug 20 2017 12:28 PM

Mourners bring memorial candles and flowers to the Turku Market Square, in Turku, Finland Saturday. Lehtikuva/Vesa Moilanen/via Reuters

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Sunday said it has not received reports of any Filipinos hurt in a stabbing spree in Finland that left 2 people dead and several others wounded. 

In a statement, the DFA said no Filipinos were among the 4 foreign nationals wounded in the knife attack in Turku, a financial and cultural center that once served as Finland's capital. 

DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano also denounced the incident which is being investigated as the first terror attack in Finland. 

"We condemn any act that seeks to undermine peaceful and tolerant societies," Cayetano said.  

He added that the Philippine Embassy in Norway, which has jurisdiction over Finland, remains in close coordination with the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Helsinki and is closely monitoring the situation there. 

"We urge our 3,500 kababayans in Finland to stay vigilant and to contact our Honorary Consulate General in Helsinki or our Embassy in Oslo if in need of assistance," Cayetano said. 

Finnish police shot and wounded the suspect, detaining him minutes after Friday's rampage at a busy market square. 

Officers identified the main suspect as a 18-year-old Moroccan citizen who arrived in Finland in early 2016 and sought asylum. His name was not disclosed, nor his motive known.

Police said they were examining whether the suspect had any link to the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for twin terror attacks in Spain on Thursday and early Friday.

Finland raised its emergency readiness after the attack, increasing security at airports and train stations and putting more officers on the streets. -- With Reuters