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.


Eight killed by explosion in Somalia's Mogadishu

Updated 15 June 2019
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Eight killed by explosion in Somalia's Mogadishu

MOGADISHU: A car bomb exploded near the Somali parliament Saturday, killing eight people, emergency workers said, hours after militia executed nine civilians from a clan with suspected links to the extremist Al-Shabaab.
"We have confirmed eight people killed and 16 others wounded in the blast," the private Aamin Ambulance service said.
A second blast on a key road leading to the airport of the Somali capital Mogadishu did not cause any casualties.
The Al-Shabaab group claimed responsibility for the attacks saying "they were targeting two checkpoints, one of them along the airport road and (the other) along the road that leads to house of legislators."
Abdulahi Mire, who witnessed the explosion near the parliament building said; "I saw four dead bodies and four others wounded in the blast."
Police sealed off the road and ambulances rushed to the scene, he added.
Local shopkeeper Naimo Ali said the blast was "huge" and destroyed a part of her shop.
"I saw several people strewn in the road and some of them were motionless," she added.
According to security sources the second explosives-laden car a Toyota Noah, was spotted by security forces at a checkpoint. They opened fire and killed a man in the car, which then exploded.
No one was injured in the blast.