P2017-01 Stabbing that led to the death of two people and the injury of eight people in Turku on 18 August 2017

Based on a proposal by the Ministry of Justice in accordance with section 32 of the Safety Investigation Act (525/2012), on 19 October 2017 the Finnish Government decided to begin the investigation of an exceptional event involving a knife attack which occurred in Turku on 18 August 2017, and to establish an investigation team to investigate the incident.

The investigation will examine the course of events, its causes and consequences, and rescue actions, as well as any actions taken by the authorities. In addition, factors related to the perpetrator of the event may be ascertained to the extent necessary to gathering information required to prevent the occurrence of similar events (sections 5 and 33 of the Act).

Composition of the investigation team:

Head of investigation team:
Chief Accident Investigator Kai Valonen, Accident Investigation Board

Mika Hatakka, PhD, Psychology, self-employed
Vesa Lund, Chief Physician, Intensive and Intermediate Care Unit, Satakunta Hospital District
Olli Ruohomäki, Visiting Senior Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Tarja Wiikinkoski, Director at the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland
Kari Ylönen, Master of Philosophy, self-employed
Marja Nyrhinen, Head Coordinator of Immigration Affairs, City of Tampere

Published 2.11.2017