Incident Summary:

10/01/2019: An assailant with a sword and a gun attacked college students at the Savo Vocational College in Kuopio, Northern Savonia, Finland. One person was killed and ten others, including the assailant and a police officer, were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident. Police arrested Joel Otto Aukusti Marin, a student at the school, at the scene. Sources noted that most of the victims were women and Marin may have been targeting women during the attack, but the motive is unknown.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Savonia


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Savo Vocational College
Specific Description College
Nationality of Target Finland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A sword was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources note that most of the victims were women but it is unclear if the assailant was specifically targeting women.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"Man kills 1, wounds 9 at shopping center in Finland," USA Today, October 1, 2019.
"One killed, 10 injured in attack at Finnish college," Reuters UK, October 1, 2019.
"Student launched deadly attack at Finnish vocational college using a sword," Qatar Tribune, October 1, 2019.