In Finland, 3 girls held suspected of planning school attack

Updated 30 November 2016

In Finland, 3 girls held suspected of planning school attack

HELSINKI: Finnish police says three girls have been detained suspected of planning an attack on a school.
Police said in a brief statement Wednesday two of them were kept in custody while the third one was placed with social authorities.
They were detained in Riihimaki, a small town 65 kilometers (40 miles) north of Helsinki after authorities got a tip on an imminent attack. No firearms or explosives were found when police searched their homes.
No other details were available.
In recent years, Finland has seen deadly school shootings after which authorities applied several measures to improve safety at educational institutions. A 21-year-old woman currently faces trial for allegedly planning a deadly shooting rampage in her former school in central Finland.


6 dead after man opens fire in Czech hospital waiting room

Updated 7 min 7 sec ago

6 dead after man opens fire in Czech hospital waiting room

  • The attacker opened fire at people’s heads from close range
  • Police published a photo of the suspect, having withdrawn an earlier photo of a different man

PRAGUE: Six people were killed in a shooting in a hospital in the eastern Czech Republic Tuesday, the prime minister said. Police said the suspect is at large and described him as armed and dangerous.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis told Czech public television the shooting took place around 7 a.m. in a waiting room. The attacker opened fire at people’s heads from close range, Babis said.

He said he was heading for the site, at the University hospital in the eastern city of Ostrava, 350 kilometers (220 miles) east of Prague.

Police said the man left in a silver-grey Renault Laguna car and called on the public not to try to stop him.

Police published a photo of the suspect, having withdrawn an earlier photo of a different man. They said that man was now considered to be a witness.

Video footage and pictures published by public radio showed police arresting a person at the site but that person did not appear to be the shooting suspect.

Officials say people have been evacuated from the clinic. Police are boosting security across the country.