芬蘭大學再傳持槍殺人事件
 


芬蘭校園今天當地時間上午11點左右在首都附近的Kauhajoki 大學校園裡再度傳出了學生持槍殺人事件,至少九人喪生,兩人受傷。

行兇的學生目前情況如何並不清楚,一說他持槍自殺,一說他目前被警方抓住。他在案發前曾經將自己開槍的畫面傳上網路。

目擊者指出,校園中傳出一連串使用自動手槍發射的聲音之後,有不少尖叫跟哀嚎的聲音傳出,有人順利從事發現場的後門逃出,有一些則沒有。

2007年時也發生過類似的事件,那位學生在Youtube上放的影片中皮到他要去肅清他認為不適合這個世界的人。

芬蘭是持槍率最高的國家,雖然在發生過這些事件之後,芬蘭政府想施加更多買槍的規定,但是卻因為礙於打獵跟持槍的傳統而難以實行。芬蘭制少有一百六十萬的手槍是私人持有的。
 
Finland school gunman kills nine

Mobile phone footage from Kauhajoki

At least nine people have been killed and two others wounded in a shooting spree at a college in the town of Kauhajoki in western Finland.

Police said the gunman, thought to be a 20-year-old student, then shot himself, although his condition is now unclear.

The gunman reportedly posted a video of himself on the internet last week firing a gun.

Police invited him to an interview but did not have enough evidence to revoke his licence, officials said.

Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen said this was a "tragic day" for Finland.

In 2007 eight people died in another school attack. Finland has one of the world's highest gun ownership rates.

Ski mask

Tuesday's shootings in Kauhajoki, some 330km (205 miles) north of the capital, Helsinki, began just before 1100 local time (0800 GMT).

An estimated 200 students were thought to be in the college buildings at the time.

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

A man with a ski mask was seen entering the building with a large bag, national broadcaster YLE reported. Shots were fired soon afterwards, and reports emerged that several people were seriously wounded.

School caretaker Jukka Forsberg told Finnish TV: "Within a short space of time I heard several dozen rounds of shots, in other words it was an automatic pistol.

"I saw some female students who were wailing and moaning and one managed to escape out of the back door."

Police ordered an evacuation and called for reinforcements as fires blazed in the building and local reports said Finland's heavy weapons squad was heading to Kauhajoki.

The gunman remained at large within the college grounds for some time before police apparently restrained and disarmed him.

"I just heard from the police radio that the shooter has been caught. He no longer has a gun," a police spokesman told the AFP news agency.

But hospital sources and the mayor of the town were later quoted as saying the attacker had turned his gun on himself. There was no confirmation of his condition.

In last year's incident, the gunman, Pekka-Eric Auvinen, posted a video on YouTube as a macabre preview of his attack, pledging to "eliminate" those he saw as "unfit".

In the wake of that attack, Finland's government pledged to raise the minimum age for buying guns.

But the country has a long tradition of hunting and weapons-bearing, with about 1.6 million firearms in private hands.

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