Finland confirm identity of main suspect in knife attack
HELSINKI (FINLAND): The main suspect in the stabbing attack that killed two and injured eight others this month in the Finnish city of Turku has been identified as Abderrahman Bouanane, a 22-year-old Moroccan national, authorities said on Monday.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) informed the Turku court on August 28 that “the real name of the suspect is Abderrahman Bouanane” and that his date of birth is October 25, 1994, the court said in an e-mail to AFP.
After the August 18 stabbing spree, which is being investigated as Finland’s first terror attack, the main suspect was initially identified as an 18-year-old Moroccan.
But NBI investigators said the suspect had given “false information” to the Finnish authorities when he arrived in Finland and requested asylum.
Prosecuted for “murders and attempted murders of a terrorist nature”, Bouanane was heard again last week and has agreed to communicate with the person in charge of the hearings, according to the NBI.
Police have said that he targeted women in the rampage at a market square in the southwestern port city of Turku.