Knife-Wielding Man Tries to Attack Finnish PM

Police restrain him before he can harm Jyrki Katainen
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 22, 2012 2:20 PM CDT
In this April 16, 2011 file photo, Jyrki Katainen, center, chairman of The National Coalition Party canvasses during the party's election campaign in downtown Helsinki, Finland.   (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Sari Gustafsson, File)

(Newser) – Security guards stopped a knife-wielding man from stabbing Finland's prime minister while he was campaigning for municipal elections, a government spokesman said today. The man was stopped before he was able to reach Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen. The attempted attack occurred in the southwestern city of Turku, where Katainen was campaigning ahead of Sunday's municipal elections. The prime minister was not hurt. (Read more Jyrki Katainen stories.)

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