Main Suspect in Finland Stabbing to Appear in Court Tuesday

Main Suspect in Finland Stabbing to Appear in Court Tuesday

The main suspect, 18-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker Abderrahman Mechkah, is being investigated for two cases of murder with terrorist intent and eight attempted murders with terrorist intent, the police said.

Crista Granroth, the detective senior sergeant in charge of the pre-trial investigation at KRP, revealed in a news conference on Saturday that the main suspect is believed to have specifically targeted women, as the only two male victims suffered their injuries after rushing to help the injured women.

Police will also request the detention of four other Moroccan citizens who were arrested in an overnight raid on a Turku apartment building and refugee housing centre just hours after the attack. The attack killed two Finnish women, as well as a British paramedic, a Swede and an Italian. 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.

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Within hours of the attack in the shopping district of the mid-sized city on Friday, authorities had announced increased police patrols across the country, with police later saying they had arrested five people who had been in contact with the suspect. Arya Rashidi, a fruit merchant of Kurdish origin, witnessed Friday's attack and tried to intervene. She said six of the eight injured were women.

The rampage was halted when police shot the attacker in the leg. "I was furious and I hit him with the bat, and then stepped back", he said.

At the market square where the attack happened, several hundred people gathered Sunday to hold a minute of silence at 10 a.m. We reported this to the police.

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