No Filipino among victims in Finland knife attack — DFA

By on August 20, 2017


DFA Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano (Photo by By Kumpanyero - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0)
DFA Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano (Photo by By Kumpanyero – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0)

MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said no Filipino was hurt in a terrorist knife attack in Finland that left two persons dead and several others, including four foreigners, wounded.

It joined the international community in condemning Friday’s stabbing incident in Turku, a financial and cultural center that once served as capital of Finland.

“We condemn any act that seeks to undermine peaceful and tolerant societies,” said Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano in a statement, as he conveyed the sympathies of the Philippine government to the Finnish government and to the families of the victims.

Cayetano said the Philippine Embassy in Norway, which has jurisdiction over Finland, remains in close coordination with the Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Helsinki, and is closely monitoring the situation there.

He also urged 3,500 Filipinos in Finland to stay vigilant and to contact Honorary Consulate General in Helsinki or Philippine Embassy in Oslo if in need of assistance.

Citing a report from Embassy Chargè d’Affaires Maria Elena Algabre, Cayetano said the knife attack in Turku was carried out by an 18-year-old man who was shot and taken into custody.