Female Student Dead, 10 Injured In Sword Attack 'Targeting Women'

A female student has been killed and another 10 people injured in a sword and firearm attack at a vocational college in Finland.

The suspect, a Finnish national, mainly targeted women, local newspaper Keskisuomalainen said. The victims range in aged from 15 to 50 years old, and included staff and students.

He was found in possession of both a bladed weapon and a firearm, police said.

“He hit a girl in the neck with a sword and stabbed her in the stomach,” an unnamed witness told the paper.

Another witness described the suspect as a "smart nerd".

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The suspect was shot by police during the arrest and was "seriously injured", a statement from the Eastern Finland Police Department said. He is one of the 10 people injured and is currently being treated in hospital.

Two people were seriously injured in the attack in Kuopio, in the Northern Savonia region.

A police officer was injured during the course of the arrest, but their injuries are not believed to be serious.

Prime Minister Antti Rinne said the violence was "shocking and completely unacceptable".

"I have discussed with the Director General of Police and the government is monitoring the situation closely. On behalf of myself and the entire Government, I extend my condolences to all the relatives," he said.

Finland President Sauli Niinistö also expressed his shock at the incident and his deepest condolences to the relatives of the deceased

"To the other victims, the president hopes to have the strength to recover," a statement on Twitter said.

Police were forced to quash a rumour an armed person was active in the Petonen area of Kuopio. "This information is false," police said.

Central Criminal Police are now investigating.