Finland gunman 'kills students'

Tuesday, Sept 23, 2008

Several people are feared dead, with more injured, after a man opened fire at a college in western Finland.

Police said the gunman, thought to be a 22-year-old student, was then disarmed, but local media say he shot himself.

He was carrying an automatic weapon and wearing a ski mask when he entered the college in Kauhajoki, reports said.

Last November a student shot dead eight people at a school in Tuusula. Gun ownership in Finland is among the highest in the world.

Media reports said the shootings began Tuesday just before 1100 local time (0800 GMT), when some 200 students were in the building.

Ski mask

A BBC correspondent in Finland said a gunman dressed in black was seen at the school, apparently carrying an automatic weapon.


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