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Thu, 10 Mar, 2016 01:20:05 AM
FTimes-STT Report, Mar 10
 
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The police are investigating an assault that took place last weekend in Imatra.
 
The suspects are believed to be linked with the anti-immigrant street patrol Soldiers of Odin. 
 
The leader of the street patrol group in Kemi, Mika Ranta on Wednesday told the news agency STT that only one of the three suspects was wearing Soldiers of Odin insignia and that no assault occurred.
 
The police were called to Imatra’s new market square as a group fight ensued. A Finnish couple had left a restaurant and were quarrelling. Soon after, the three Soldiers of Odin began assaulting the man and hit him in the face.
 
Based on preliminary interviews with the parties involved, the pair had been arguing, and the man might have slapped the woman. According to senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Jyrki Hänninen, this could have been the catalyst that started the assault.
 
The same three men are suspected to have assaulted a Finnish security guard who was on the scene. The victims’ injuries are not serious, according to the police.
 
Two of the suspected assailants are from the Jyväskylä region.
 
According to Hänninen, police on the scene described with certainty one man wearing a coat with the Soldiers of Odin insignia on the back. The police were told that all three wore the insignia.
“The investigation is still ongoing,” Hänninen said.
 
The three suspects told police during interrogations that they were all at a friend’s house in Imatra during the assault.
 
Hänninen could not say at this point whether the three had been involved in any street patrols.
 
“We have not seen these kinds of street patrols [in Imatra],” Hänninen said.
 
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