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Finland: Two Bus Attacks, Suspects Both ‘Foreign’

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The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation said two foreigners are in custody after two separate attempts of bus attacks, which were fortunately thwarted.

The Senior Investigating Officer in these cases, Sanna Springare, said there is a lot they don’t know about the incidents still, as the investigations haven’t yet been completed.

She said they are looking into whether the two attempted attacks were in any way coordinated, or if there is any link between the two foreigners who are now in police custody.

Tuesday’s incident

The first incident happened during a busy Tuesday afternoon, as the bus was arriving at its destination in Loimaa from Turku. A passenger got up from his seat and grabbed the steering wheel, directing the vehicle into oncoming traffic. It struck lightly against another oncoming bus which had swerved out of the way to avoid it.

None of the five passengers on board were injured, and the driver stopped while police were called.

Wednesday’s incident

The second incident happened on Wednesday morning on a bus heading from Helsinki to Oulu. When it got to Uurainen near Jyväskylä in central Finland, one of the passengers got up from his seat and pounced upon the driver, grabbing his wrist.

Other passengers saw this happening, overpowered the man, and held him down as the bus stopped, while the driver called the police.

There were 15 passengers aboard the vehicle at that time, and nobody was injured.

Officer Sanna says officials will decide on Friday what – if any – charges will be brought, but at this stage the men could be facing charges of interfering with the operation of a moving vehicle, and minor assault. Terrorism is not yet being rulled out.

What other motive could these two creatures have? Other than to cause death and destruction, why else would anyone attack a bus driver while the bus is on the move?

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