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Finnish court names knife attack suspect Abderrahman Mechkah
August 21, 2017 / 8:14 AM / in 3 months

Finnish court names knife attack suspect Abderrahman Mechkah

HELSINKI (Reuters) - The 18-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker suspected of killing two women and wounding eight people with a knife in Finland on Friday is called Abderrahman Mechkah, a court said on Monday.

Memorial cards, candles and flowers for the victims of Friday's stabbings are placed on the Market Square in Turku, Finland August 19, 2017. Lehtikuva/Vesa Moilanen/via REUTERS

The crimes are being treated as murder and attempted murder with terrorist intent, the court said an emailed statement.

Police have requested that Mechkah, who is currently in hospital, be detained during preliminary investigations.

Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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