Finnish knife attacks investigated as
terror crimes: police
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[August 19, 2017]
(Reuters) - Finnish police are investigating Friday's knife attacks that
killed two and wounded eight in the city of Turku as crimes related to
terrorism, they said on Saturday.
A woman plays a traditional Finnish string instrument, kantele, at the
Market Square where several people were stabbed, in Turku, Finland
August 18, 2017. REUTERS/Tuomas Forsell
suspect was an 18-year Moroccan, police added. The two people
killed were Finns and an Italian and two Swedish citizens were
among the injured.
"Due to information received during the night, the Turku
stabbings are now being investigated as murders with terrorist
intent," the National Bureau of Investigation said in a
Following the attacks on Friday, police shot the suspected
attacker in the leg and arrested him.
Security was reinforced nationwide with increased patrols and
more surveillance in case more people were involved.
The police will hold a press conference at 1100 GMT.
Flags were at half mast on Saturday across the Nordic country
where violent crime is relatively rare. Still, the Security
Intelligence Service raised the terrorism threat level in June
to 'elevated' from 'low', saying it had become aware of
terrorism-related plans in Finland.
(Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl; Editing by Niklas Pollard and
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