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Finland police confirm identify of suspect in stabbing attack

A tv set in Southwest Finland District Court in Turku, Finland on August 22, 2017 shows main suspect in the Finnish stabbing attack, Abderrahman Mechkah lying in a hospital bed next to his lawyer Kaarle Gummerus.The 18 year-old Moroccan man is suspected of killing two people and attempting to kill eight others in Turku, on August 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Lehtikuva / Martti Kainulainen / Finland OUT


The identify of the main suspect in the stabbing attack this month in the Finnish city of Turku has been confirmed, police said Sunday.

Investigators have determined that Abderrahman Mechkah, an asylum seeker whose name had previously been released by police, is a Moroccan man born in 1994.

“The police have interviewed the main suspect, and he is willing to communicate with the interviewing police officer,” the National Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.

It said it would not release details of his statements while the investigation continues.

Police have said that Mechkah — who arrived in Finland in early 2016 — targeted women in a rampage on August 18 at a market square in the southwestern port city of Turku.

Six other suspects have been arrested on suspicions of being involved in the attack, though three of them have since been released.

Investigators are treating it as the country’s first terror attack.

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