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Man attacks Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini

It is assumed that the attacker is a supporter of the "Soldiers of Odin" movement, which advocates a more rigid migration policy of the country
15:43, 24 March 2019

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In Finland, a man attacked the head of the local Foreign Ministry Timo Soini, Yle reports.

According to the report, the incident occurred at a market in the city of Vantaa, where Finnish political parties campaigned for the parliamentary elections.

According to Soini, one of the men tried to hit him but was stopped on time by the security guard of the event.

The attacker had clothes with the symbols of the "Soldiers of Odin" movement, anti-immigrant group founded in Kemi, Finland.

At the moment, the attacker is detained for resisting the security forces.

As noted by the police, an attempt to attack the minister is also being investigated.

Soini continued to meet with voters after the incident.

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