Woman detained after knife attack on two boys

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Võhma apartment block stairwell where Monday evening's stabbing took place. Source: Olev Kenk/ERR

A Viljandi County woman has been detained following a knife attack on two children Monday evening. The children, both boys, aged eight and 10, are hospitalized with injuries, ERR's online news in Estonian reports.

First responders received a call a little before 6 p.m. about the two children's injuries in the town of Võhma, about 30 km north of Viljandi.

The injured boys were found by a neighbor in an apartment building stairwell on Kalevi street, a Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) spokesperson told ERR.

The neighbor provided first aid and called an ambulance.

A PPA patrol apprehended and detained a 37-year-old woman in relation to the incident.

Ottomar Virk, chief officer of the PPA's Southern Prefecture, said that while the details would be clarified in the course of an investigation, what is already clear is that: "Two little boys from a neighboring house, aged eight and ten, came to the stairwell to invite a playmate, a girl of the same age, out into the yard. While on the way down from the fifth floor [of the apartment building], a 37-year-old woman living on the first floor attacked the two boys with a knife, for reasons not yet known."

Virk added that the woman was detained soon after the incident, which he said had been incomprehensible in its motives.

A forensic psychiatric examination would also be a part of the ongoing investigation, he said.

The two boys' injuries are not reported to be life-threatening.

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