The motive of a suspected migrant who killed two people in Oulu will always be shrouded in mystery

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The northern Finnish city of Oulu has seen its fair share of violence in recent years. Transexuals and city councillors are attacked, activists are pepper sprayed at gay pride events and a Muslim can be killed in cold blood in a pizzeria, while another one leaps to his death trying to escape attackers who forced their way into his apartment. 

The latest tragic news to come out of Oulu is of a roughly 35-year-old Somali who was shot dead by the police after he attacked one of them with an axe. The suspect had killed two people with an axe earlier at an Oulu pub.

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The police said that the motive of the killings had nothing to do with religion or politics.

In the past 10 years, the Finnish police have killed three people, according to YLE.

“Certainly the man has be be touched if he leaves home with an axe but we’ll never know what his motive for killing the two people was,” said a member of the Somali community who spoke to Migrant Tales under condition of anonymity. “Will never know the person’s side of the story.”

The first party to exploit what happened in Oulu was the anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party.

PS MP Teuvo Hakkarainen blamed the killings on the Social Democrats.

“In connection to the axe killings of Oulu, is this what Antti Rinne and other Social Democrats mean by [bringing] skilled migrant labor [to the country],” he was quoted as saying on Keskisuomalainen, “where ethnic Finns are killed and in their places are brought people who live off welfare and employ the public sector like the police, among others?”


The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We therefore prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings.