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No investigation into airport soldier training blunder

Soldiers detained bystanders by mistake earlier this month after an error made during a training exercise.

Terminaali 2 Helsinki-Vantaan lentokentällä.
Terminal 2 at Helsinki Airport, where the incident took place. Image: Rebecka Svedberg / Yle
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Police investigators have announced that there will be no preliminary investigation into a training exercise that led to soldiers detaining members of the public in error at Helsinki Airport earlier this month.

According to police, three members of the public were stopped by soldiers who mistakenly believed they were part of the training exercise.

The incident occurred after a member of airport staff let troops out of the wrong door, the Defence Forces said, bringing them into contact with passengers in the terminal building.

"It can be stated on the basis of the explanation received that the risk assessment, direction, responsibilities and planning of the exercise were carried out properly and systematically, as required by an exercise of this nature. The error described above occurred in spite of this," Detective Inspector Leif Malmberg said in a statement.

According to a report by MTV News, the soldiers involved in the incident were armed.

One woman caught up in the military blunder told MTV one soldier had pointed a gun at her before another asked "are you part of this thing?"

"I walked to the bathroom, I felt like throwing up and my hands were shaking. I had thought for a moment that it was some kind of terrorist attack," she told the commercial broadcaster.

The woman later received an apology from the Defence Forces.

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