The prime minister of Finland was targeted for assassination Monday by a knife-wielding attacker, but survived the incident unhurt.

According to reports, Jyrki Katainen was campaigning in the city of Turku, in southwestern Finland, when a man carrying a knife was stopped by the PM’s security team. Katainen reportedly continued campaigning, ahead of this weekend’s municipal elections.

The would-be assailant, who was taken away by police, was only described as wearing long hair and behaving in “a confused manner.”  His motives are unknown.

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Katainen’s conservative National Coalition Party is expected to amass most votes in Sunday’s election, according to polls, with the Social Democrats finishing a close second.

He became prime minister of Finland in April 2011 by forging a six-party coalition.

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