Stabbing attempt on Finnish leader thwarted

Security guards able to stop attacker before he reached prime minister


HELSINKI (AP) — A government spokesman says that security guards stopped a knife-wielding man from stabbing Finland's prime minister while he was campaigning for municipal elections.

Kari Mokko, a spokesman for Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, said the man was stopped before he was able to reach the prime minister.

The attempted attack occurred in the southwestern city of Turku, where Katainen was campaigning ahead of Sunday's municipal elections.

Mokko could not give any details on the suspect. He said the prime minister was not hurt.

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