Saturday 20 January 2018

Finnish police arrest two more suspects over terrorist knife rampage

Rescue personnel cordon off the place where several people were stabbed at Turku Market Square in Finland on August 18. Picture: Reuters
Rescue personnel cordon off the place where several people were stabbed at Turku Market Square in Finland on August 18. Picture: Reuters
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Finnish police have arrested two more suspects over last week's stabbings that killed two people and wounded eight in the south-western city of Turku.

Officers said they arrested two men on suspicion "of preparation of an offence to be committed with terrorist intent".

On Tuesday, a regional court ordered that an 18-year-old Moroccan asylum-seeker be detained on suspicion of terrorist crimes, including two counts of murder and eight counts of attempted murder.

Three alleged accomplices also were ordered to be held on suspicion they helped plan the attack.

The main suspect, who has acknowledged the stabbings but denies murder, was named as Abderrahman Mechkah, although police said they believe he is using a false identity.

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