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Finland mourns Espoo shooting victims

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There were muted New Year celebrations in the Finnish town of Espoo as people struggle to come to terms with the country’s third mass shooting in two years.

On New Yerar’s Eve, a Kosovan-born immigrant went on the rampage in Espoo, killing his ex-girlfriend and four other people, before taking his own life.

Police believe 43-year-old Ibrahim Shkupolli launched his murderous attacks after splitting up with his girlfriend. After murdering her, he killed another woman and three men at a nearby shopping centre. It is still not clear if the victims were shot at random or deliberately targeted.

Shkupolli was later found dead at his home after apparently turning the gun on himself.

Despite recently introducing stricter rules after two mass shootings which left 20 people dead, the latest massacre will raise further questions over gun ownership in Finland.