Finland attack: what we know

Finland attack: what we know
By Emma Beswick
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A stabbing attack took place on a market square in the south-western Finnish city of Turku.


- A stabbing attack took place on August 18 in Turku, Finland.

- The incident happened in a market square.

The victims

- Finnish police said two people have died and eight people have been injured.

- Three of those injured are in intensive care.

The suspect

- Police have described the suspect as an 18-year-old Moroccan.

- He arrived in Finland in 2016 and has “been part of the asylum process”.

- The attacker appeared to deliberately target women, police said.

- Officers shot the suspected attacker in the leg and arrested him.

- He is in custody and being treated in hospital for his injuries.

- Police are investigating the attacks as crimes related to terrorism.

The investigation

- Finnish police have since raided an apartment on the outskirts of the city and made several other arrests.

- They made four subsequent arrests on Saturday (August 19) – all Moroccan men with possible links to the suspected attacker.

- They warned people to stay away from the city.

- Security was reinforced nationwide.

- On Friday evening, people gathered to pay tribute in the market square where the knife attack took place.

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