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Oodi Library seeks more surveillance cameras after violent robbery

Two suspects were still at large on Monday following the previous day's incident.

Keskustakirjasto Oodi
Helsinki's flagship library Oodi attracted around three million visitors last year. Image: Ismo Pekkarinen / AOP

Police in Helsinki said they were looking for two individuals suspected of taking part in an aggravated robbery that left one man injured from a knife wound at Helsinki's flagship Oodi library on Sunday at about 3:30 pm.

According to police, the two suspects fled on foot before officers arrived on the scene. The victim, reportedly a lawyer, was taken to the hospital but his injuries were not life-threatening nor required extensive care.

Police did not disclose any further information on Monday.

Installing more surveillance cameras

The central library's director, Anna-Maria Soininvaara, said that library representatives were going to meet with its security provider on Monday to negotiate new contract terms, but that the meeting was already scheduled and not specifically related to Sunday's incident.

Soininvaara said the library also plans to add new surveillance cameras to help facilitate the work of security guards, saying that guards had previously suggested the idea of installing more cameras even before the incident.

According to newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, the robbery took place in the buliding's basement toilets. Soininvaara told the paper alcohol or drugs may have played a part in the incident, but police have not confirmed whether that's the case.

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