Kuopio latest: flags flying at half staff, and shopping centre re-opens

The National Bureau of Investigations continues its investigation while everyday life starts to return to normal in Kuopio.

Finnish flag flies at half staff for Kuopio attack victims, 3rd October 2019 / Credit: News Now Finland

Finnish flags are flying at half staff around the country today, as a mark of respect for the victims of Tuesday’s sword attack in Kuopio.

The move comes after a request from the Ministry of Interior.

One woman was killed at Savo Vocational College in the city on Tuesday when a 25-year old man pulled out a sword in the classroom and began attacking people. He has been named in Finnish media as Joel Otto Aukusti Marin, originally from Siilinjärvi, who had lived in Kuopio for several years and studied at the college.

In the USA on Wednesday, President Trump told President Niinist√∂ “I want to express our deep condolences over the horrific stabbing attack that took place […] at a college in Finland, America is praying for the victims and families and we send our unwavering love and support.”

Meanwhile Herman Shopping Centre, where the attack took place, is open again today for customers.

The mall, 4km outside Kuopio city centre, had been closed since the attack with the exception of the K-Rauta store but is opening on Thursday morning.

Savo Vocational College itself, which has a number of classrooms inside the shopping mall, remains closed.