Finland marks minute of silence for stabbing victims

Hassan Zubier, one of the people that were stabbed in Central Turku on Friday, joins a moment of silence to commemorate the victims at the Turku Market Square, in Turku, Finland, on Sunday. (Reuters)
Updated 20 August 2017
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Finland marks minute of silence for stabbing victims

HELSINKI: Finland observed a minute of silence on Sunday for the victims of a stabbing attack in the city of Turku that left two people dead and eight injured.
Friday’s stabbing is being investigated as the country’s first terror attack.
At Turku’s market square, where the attack happened, several hundred people gathered to hold a minute of silence at 10:00 a.m. (0700 GMT).
Candles and flowers lay on the square, with city officials, rescue crews in uniform, police officers and the public forming a ring around the makeshift memorial.
Archbishop Kari Makinen, the head of Finland’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, was also present.
A note posted next to a bouquet of flowers read “Peace and Love — No Violence Finland.”
Bells from the Turku Cathedral, the country’s largest church, rang for 15 minutes before falling quiet for the minute of silence.
One of those injured in the attack, Hassan Zubier — a British paramedic visiting Turku who came to the aid of a woman who later died — attended the ceremony in a wheelchair, arriving directly from the hospital.
“I wanted to show my respect to the victims,” he told Swedish daily Aftonbladet before returning to hospital for further treatment.
Similar ceremonies were held across the country.
Finnish police said Saturday that an 18-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker deliberately targeted women in the attack.
His motive was not yet known.
Police shot and wounded the knife-wielding suspect, detaining him minutes after the afternoon rampage in the southwestern city.
All of the victims were women, including the two dead, except for two men who tried to fend off the attacker.
An Italian, a Swede and a Briton were among the injured.
Police were to interrogate the suspect on Sunday. He has so far refused to speak to investigators.
Prior to the minute of silence, police re-enacted the crime at the market square as part of their investigation.


Indian police arrest 61 Rohingya Muslims this week

Updated 22 January 2019
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Indian police arrest 61 Rohingya Muslims this week

  • Indian border guards have denied Bangladesh media reports that India is pushing Rohingya across the border
  • More than 700,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar, chiefly to Bangladesh, since August 2017

GAUHATI,India: Police in northeastern India say they have arrested 61 Rohingya Muslims this week amid reports that more than 1,300 have recently crossed the border into Bangladesh.
In Assam state, police say they arrested 30 Rohingya, including 12 children, who were found traveling on a bus Monday night to Gauhati, the state capital.
In neighboring Tripura state, police said they arrested 31 Rohingya on Tuesday after they spent two days in a no man’s land along the border with Bangladesh.
Indian border guards have denied Bangladesh media reports that India is pushing Rohingya across the border.
More than 700,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar, chiefly to Bangladesh, since August 2017 to escape army-led violence against them. India has deported more than a dozen in the past two months for illegal entry.