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Finland school shooting: 12-year-old suspect held after one child is killed, two are wounded

Education Minister Anna-Maja Henriksson broke into tears when speaking to reporters hours after the attack

By REUTERS
April 03, 2024
Police officials can be seen in this image. — AFP/File
Police officials can be seen in this image. — AFP/File

HELSINKI: One child was killed and two seriously wounded in a shooting at a school outside the Finnish capital on Tuesday, police said, with a 12-year-old fellow pupil suspected of the attack taken into custody.

The arrest of the boy was made without further violence in the Helsinki suburb of Siltamaki, 4-km south of the Viertola school in Vantaa district, police said.

Education Minister Anna-Maja Henriksson broke into tears when speaking to reporters hours after the attack in a country where gun violence among youths is rare.

“One 12-year-old child will never again return home from school,” she said. The suspect and the three victims were all sixth-graders, the police said in a statement.

“The injuries of both victims who were taken to the hospital are very serious,” said Criminal Commissioner Marko Sarkka.

A national day of mourning will be observed on Wednesday, with government buildings flying the flag at half-mast, the interior ministry said.

There were no other suspects, police said. They provided no details on the identity of the suspect or victims, apart from saying they were all 12-year-old Finns and pupils at the school and the suspect was a boy.