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Finnish president, PM express shock over Stockholm terror attack

Finnish leaders have been expressing condolences following the terror attack in neighbouring Sweden, which left at least four people dead.

Ruotsin pääministeri Stefan Löfven puhui medialle 7. huhtikuuta
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven described Friday's truck incident as a terrorist attack. Image: Thomas Johansson / TT

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has expressed shock over a terror attack in Stockholm that killed four people and injured at least fifteen.

In a Finnish-language statement he said he was "shocked by the Stockholm attack. Innocent people have died and been injured in this insane act of terror.”

"Every terror attack is equally reprehensible, but when an attack occurs in our Nordic neighbourhood, it affects us deeply. On behalf of the whole Finnish nation, I share the sorrow of the victims' loved ones and the entire Swedish nation."

Writing on Twitter, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä wrote in Swedish: "Horrific news from Stockholm. Our thoughts are with our neighbour and friends in Sweden."

Foreign Minister Timo Soini described the attack was a ‘cowardly’ act, and said Finland offers its full support to Sweden “if Sweden needs it”.

He said during a press conference that several Finns, including a press officer from the Finnish embassy, had been close to the scene of the attack. She was not injured, and the embassy is working to clarify if any other Finns were hurt in the attack.

Updated: April 8, 2017: The attack left four people dead and fifteen injured. 

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