Finnish knifeman 'targeted women'
A series of stabbings in Finland that left two people dead is being treated as a terror attack, police have said.
The attacker apparently targeted women.
The National Bureau of Investigation, which is heading the investigation, said yesterday that those killed on Friday were Finnish citizens, while the wounded include a Briton, one Italian national and two Swedes. It said: "Due to information received during the night, the Turku stabbings are now being investigated as murders with terrorist intent."
Police have identified the suspect, an 18-year-old Moroccan citizen, but have not released his name. He arrived in the country in 2016 as an asylum seeker, they said.
The attacker killed two people and wounded eight in the city of Turku, 150km west of Helsinki, on Friday afternoon, before police shot him in the leg and arrested him.
Four other Moroccan citizens have been arrested over potential links to the attack.
Local media said the police raided an apartment in the eastern Turku suburb of Varissuo, which is home to a large immigrant population and located about 7km from the market square where the attack took place. Witnesses reported seeing a man wielding a large knife and hearing gunshots and screams at the city centre's Puutori market square. Some said they saw a lifeless body lying on the ground. One of those stabbed was reported to be a woman pushing a buggy.