Helsinki Police release name, picture of stabbing suspect

The 34-year old man is still on the run, and police say they're conducting extensive searches for him.

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File picture of Hayder Abdulerar Al-Hmedavi, wanted by Helsinki Police in connection with stabbing incident / Credit: Helsinki Police

Police in Helsinki have released the name and picture of a man wanted in connection with a stabbing incident in the city on Sunday.

In a bulletin, police say Haydar Abdulerar Al-Hmedavi, born in 1985, is 168cm tall, and is suspected in two counts of attempted murder and three assaults.

The victims are Al-Hmedavi’s ex-wife, their three children, and a friend of the ex-wife. None of the injuries they received are life-threatening.

Al-Hmedavi has been on the run since the incident happened on Sunday afternoon outside a building in the capital’s Haaga neighbourhood. The building on Santavuorentie is a child protection facility, but police haven’t yet said if that is linked to the attack, or if the family were clients there.

“The investigation is still ongoing, and we are talking with the victims. The fact is that the suspect is still on the run, we don’t know where he is and the main thing is to catch him” Inspector Jari Koski from Helsinki Police Department tells News Now Finland.

Police urge members of the public to report any recent sightings of Al-Hmedavi to the 112 emergency number. Any other information can be given by calling 0295 417 935 or by emailing analyysi.helsinki@poliisi.fi.