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School Shootings Rare in Finland

School shootings are a rare event in Finland. Wednesday's school shooting is the second such incident in Finland in the past 20 years. In 1989, two students were killed in a shooting at the Raumameri school in Rauma, south-west Finland. In that incident, a 14-year-old student shot two fellow students. The motive was presumably bullying. Other Recent Massacres In 2002, a 19-year-old young man set off a bomb in a shopping centre in Vantaa, in the capital region. Seven people died in the explosion, while 115 more were injured. Meanwhile in 1994, a 22-year-old man suffering from mental health problems killed three people in Kotka, in southern Finland, while on army leave. YLE

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