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Finland police arrest two more in Turku stabbing case

HELSINKI: Finnish police said Wednesday they had arrested two new suspects over last week's stabbing spree that killed two people and which investigators are treating as the country's first terror attack. "Two men have been arrested suspected of preparing an offence to be committed with terrorist intent," the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said in a statement. News agency STT reported that the men were arrested in Turku, the southwestern city where the stabbings took place. The attacker killed two Finnish women…

Suspect admits killings in Finland stabbing spree

HELSINKI: The main suspect in last week's stabbing attack in Finland admitted Tuesday to killing two people and injuring eight others but denied any intent to murder, his lawyer said. The Turku district court placed Abderrahman Mechkah, an 18-year-old Moroccan citizen, in formal custody after he made his statement to the court via video link from hospital, where he is being treated for a police gunshot wound to the thigh. "The main suspect admits acts which led to deaths, but denies that they were murders," his lawyer…

Finland: Turku stabbing suspect identified

HELSINKI: Court documents on Monday identified the suspect in last week's stabbing spree in a Finnish city as 18-year-old Abderrahman Mechkah, who the country's intelligence agency said may have been radicalised. The stabbing is being probed as the country's first-ever terror attack. Police have previously described the suspect as an asylum seeker from Morocco. He targeted women in the attack at a market square in the southwestern port of Turku on Friday. Two people were killed dead and eight were injured. The…