Attack with a Knife Leaves Two Dead and Several Wounded

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The regional court in Turku also said that four other Moroccans "are suspected of participation in the murders and attempted murders committed with a terrorist intent".

Police shot and arrested 18-year-old Moroccan Abderrahman Mechkah after he allegedly went on a mass stabbing spree in the city of Turku on Friday (18 August).

She revealed that the main suspect had "been part of the asylum process" following his arrival in Finland in the first half of 2016, but declined to specify on whether his asylum application has already been processed and, if so, whether it was denied or granted. The Finnish intelligence agency SUPO said meanwhile that police authorities in southwestern Finland had received a tip early this year that Mechkah "had been radicalised and showed interest in extremist ideologies".

According to a statement Saturday by Finnish police, the attacker deliberately targeted women, although it is not yet clear why.

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For talks to take place, he said, "there must be a guarantee that it will lead to a fruitful outcome". Only then could Seoul consider sending an envoy to the North, he added.

Both of the women who lost their lives in the attack were Finns, added Granroth. "Then I saw a man trying to stop the attacker but he got struck with a knife too", he told Reuters. Two Finnish citizens were killed in the attack, with United Kingdom and Italian citizens reportedly among the injured.

"We are investigating the role of these five other people but we are not sure yet if they had anything to do with [the attack]", said Det Supt Markus Laine, of the National Bureau of Investigation.

A British man hailed a hero after he was injured while helping victims of a suspected terror attack in Finland has said he feels sad he could not save a woman's life. "But they had been in contact with the main suspect".