Two dead after several people stabbed in Finland

Passers by tend to a victim of a stabbing in the Finnish city of Turku Credit: Petra Ristola/YLE

Two people have died after a mass stabbing in Finland, police have announced.

A further six people were wounded after the attack in the western city of Turku, 90 miles west of Helsinki.

Police say one suspect was shot in the leg, and was being treated in hospital under detention.

They say the attacker is likely to have been acting alone, but haven't ruled out the involvement of others.

The stabbings took place in Turku, 90 miles west of Helsinki Credit: ITV

Finland's top police chief Seppo Kolehmainen said it was too early to say whether the incident was terrorism, according to the YLE broadcaster.

He told the channel it was "nothing is known about the motives ... or what precisely has happened in Turku."

The country's interior minister says security is being stepped up across the country following the attack.

The scene of the stabbing in Turku, Finland Credit: AP

Finnish broadcaster YLE says several people were seen lying on the ground in the central part of the city.

Police tweeted following the incident telling people to stay away from the centre of the city.

The condition of the victims has not yet been revealed.

Prime Minister Juha Sipila said the government was closely monitoring the ongoing police operation.