In headlines now / 07.12.2016

Finnish journalists killed in shooting apparently by mischance

It appears that the triple homicide that took place in Finland on the night of Sunday 4 December did not have any particular ideological or political motive. Two journalists and the chairperson of the town council died in the shooting, which happened in the town of Imatra in the southeast of the country. At present the police believe that the victims were shot by mischance, and that their professions and political status were not the motives for the crime. The police think that it is likely that underlying reasons for the shooting relate to the gunman’s mental health and social exclusion. The Union of Journalists in Finland expresses its deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the shooting. translated by Mark Waller

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