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HELSINKI, April 2 (Reuters) - 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.

In the aftermath of the shooting, police cordoned off a building at the Viertola school in the Vantaa suburb of Helsinki.

The arrest was made without further violence in the suburb of Siltamaki, away from the school. Both the suspect and the weapon were now in police custody, police said.

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

Education Minister Anna-Maja Henriksson broke into tears while speaking at a press conference hours after the attack.

"One 12-year-old child will never again return home from school," she said.
The two survivors were being treated for serious injuries, the Helsinki regional hospital district said in a statement without providing details.


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  • Mohandev Tuesday, 02 April 2024 06:23 PM

    World's happiest country for 7th consecutive year!

    Karu Tuesday, 02 April 2024 07:11 PM

    World's happiest nation lol.. Looks like too happy

    Islander Wednesday, 03 April 2024 08:47 PM

    Still the happiest compared to the other. Imagine the situation in the other countries! That 12 year-old alleged killer had said that he did that because he was bullied!!

    Rip Winkle Tuesday, 02 April 2024 07:36 PM

    The west's unhealthy fascination with guns since it's invention has come back to bite them, and bite them hard. Tv games, cartoons and movies helped create the mindset of children that shooting each other was just as simple as pointing a gun at someone and pulling the trigger.

    Cloy Tuesday, 02 April 2024 08:01 PM

    The so called no. 1 country in the happy index!. What a joke of these gradings.

    European Tuesday, 02 April 2024 10:12 PM

    Finland is one of the most safe countries in the world. Europe is not the USA.

    Mauricio Jorges Wednesday, 03 April 2024 08:35 AM

    You got that right European; Europe is most certainly not the USA; Europe is a dump.

    Nissanka Wednesday, 03 April 2024 08:33 AM

    Disturbing incident. Let the dead child attain the supreme bliss of Nirvana and pray for speedy recovery of the wounded kids. This is an isolated incident.

    YLG Wednesday, 03 April 2024 12:48 PM

    SL IS NO BETTER. THE GANGSTERS ARE ACTUALLY RUNNING THE COUNTRY.

    Parents Wednesday, 03 April 2024 10:28 PM

    What happened to the World's Happiest Country for 7 consecutive years? World has gone crazy indeed! Parents are too busy in this digital world and they have no time to teach their kids any values, morals. They expect schools/teachers to teach those.. it's far better to not have children if you are unable to guide them, give them your time and attention.. they become a burden to the society... So very sad..


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