Mayor & 2 Reporters Shot Dead Outside Restaurant In Finland


Helsinki: A local mayor and two journalists have been shot dead outside a restaurant in a town in south-eastern Finland, police said.

A 23-year-old local man has been detained for questioning.

The victims, all women, were gunned down in a pedestrian area outside a restaurant late on Saturday in Imatra, moments before a police patrol car arrived at the scene, said police spokeswoman Heli Jamsen-Turkki.

Local Mayor Tiina Wilén-Jäppinen is believed to be among the victims.

The suspect obeyed officers and did not resist arrest, she said.

The women were shot multiple times in the head and torso with a rifle. There was no known motive.

Imatra, which has 28,000 inhabitants, is about 140 miles (230km) east of the capital, Helsinki.

“We decided to open a crisis centre after the shooting occurred right in the middle of the town near restaurants and nightclubs,” said Saara Raudasoja, a spokeswoman for the South Karelia Social and Health Care District.

“There were people there when it happened. In such a small place, it’s quite a huge incident and many people were shocked.”