Finland 'terror' suspect identified after deadly stabbings

Attack with a Knife Leaves Two Dead and Several Wounded

Mechkah, whom police shot in the thigh while arresting him minutes after the rampage, is to appear before the Turku court on Tuesday via video link from hospital, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said.

He is being investigated for two cases of murder with terrorist intent and eight attempted murders with terrorist intent, the police said on Monday.

Two Finnish women were stabbed to death.

An global warrant has been issued for a fifth man who is wanted for questioning, YLE reported.

Police said the suspect appeared to have targeted women.

The injured - six of them women - included a British paramedic, a Swede and an Italian.

Police said earlier that the suspect was an asylum seeker who arrived in Finland in early 2016.

The investigators have yet to decide on whether or not to submit a detention request also for the four other suspects as "their role in the events remains unclear and their position may change as the pre-trial investigation progresses", reads a press release from KRP.

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.

The two people who died were both Finnish women, born in 1951 and 1986.

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila told a news conference that if confirmed as an act of terrorism, "it's the first time Finland has encountered such a terror act".

Meanwhile in Finland Friday's stabbings in Turku are under investigation as likely terror acts, and Europol, the EU's law enforcement agency, is eying ties to the Spain attacks. "We really tried, and still try, to give a good image of ourselves", said Youssef Edahbi, who is of Moroccan origin.

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