Turku stabbing suspect identified as 18-year-old, Abderrahman Mechkah

22 August, 2017, 00:57 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Suspect: Abderrahman Mechkah an 18-year-old asylum seeker from Morocco has been named as the main suspect in the terror attack in Turku west Finland on Friday

"The investigation is proceeding and the picture is getting more accurate", said Detective Chief Inspector Crista Granroth, who is in charge of the investigation.

A minute silence has been held in the Finnish city of Turku for the victims of Friday's knife attack in which two women were killed and eight others were injured. He was interviewed under guard in a hospital in Turku, a city on Finland's Baltic coast 160 km (100 miles) west of the capital Helsinki.

No group has claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, though police are investigating possible links to Thursday's van attack by suspected extremist militants in the Spanish city of Barcelona where 13 people were killed.

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Officials are continuing to hunt for 22-year-old Moroccan national Younes Abouyaaqoub, who police say is the driver who plowed into the Las Ramblas thoroughfare in Barcelona, killing 14.

KRP has requested that he be detained on suspicion of two counts of murder committed with terrorist intent and eight counts of attempted murder committed with terrorist intent.

Finnish police said on Saturday that an 18-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker deliberately targeted women in the attack.

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All of the victims were women, including the two dead, except for two men who tried to fend off the attacker. I shouted to people to give me something to go fight him with.

The authorities reported the attacker was arrested, after he received a shot on one of his legs.

Geert Wilders was accused of hate speech for questioning whether the Netherlands was really better off with more Moroccan Muslims.

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The suspect is in hospital with a gunshot wound to the thigh.

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