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Fri, 27 Dec, 2013 03:11:17 AM
3 gunned down, some wounded during celebration
FTimes-STT Report, December 27
People brought candles at Hietaniemi Cemetery in Helsinki on Christmas Eve. Photo - Lehtikuva.
People celebrated Christmas all over the country in befitting manners excepting some incident of sporadic violence at different parts of the country over the last three days.
Three people were gunned down and some others injured during the celebration, although police and rescue and emergency departments claimed that there had been no serious offences.
Two people were shot dead a day before Christmas at Kuhmo in Central Finland. One of them was a middle aged man. The killer later killed himself with his own gun. 
In East Helsinki, a man was found dead on a staircase on Christmas morning, police said.
Another incident happened on Boxing Day in Kankaanpää in Satakunta when a man was stabbed by miscreants. The victim was taken to the hospital in critical conditions and had been undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit.
In Kiuruvesi in North Savonia, a man threatened a woman with a fire arm but no harm was reported as the woman managed to escape by going outside the house.
The work of police during the Christmas night and Boxing Day was largely dealing regular incidents that happen on weekends including home alarms, cases of intoxication and assault. Forty cases were recorded in Oulu area.
“The number corresponds with the usual during weekend,” said Pekka Rautio, officer on-duty from Oulu police.
Meanwhile, terming the need for first aid usually common after Christmas day, the authorities of women and children shelters said people at home were often involved in wrangles and after that they sought help of the shelters.
“When people have get-together for long, it can also create problems,” said an official on duty from the Oulu shelter for mothers and children.
In some places, however, Christmas was observed entirely peacefully. In Tampere, only one person sought for help from the shelter while in Turku it was reported that some came in for assistance during the holidays.
“Everyday people have tried to get in touch through the crisis phone,” said an official on duty at the Turku shelter.
Those left behind have, however, been able to enjoy Christmas in a family like environment.
“Santa Clause came here and children got presents,” reported the Tampere shelter.
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