Finland names Turku knife attack suspect as Abderrahman Mechkah

Suspect: Abderrahman Mechkah an 18-year-old asylum seeker from Morocco has been named as the main suspect in the terror attack in Turku west Finland on Friday

Suspect: Abderrahman Mechkah an 18-year-old asylum seeker from Morocco has been named as the main suspect in the terror attack in Turku west Finland on Friday

"Due to info received during the night, the Turku stabbings are now investigated as murders w/ terrorist intent" tweeted Finland's National Bureau of Investigation on Saturday morning local time.

The main suspect, 18-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker Abderrahman Mechkah, is being investigated for two cases of murder with terrorist intent and eight attempted murders with terrorist intent, the police said on Monday. "The investigation is proceeding and the picture is getting more accurate", said Detective Chief Inspector Crista Granroth, who is in charge of the investigation.

Officials are continuing to hunt for 22-year-old Moroccan national Younes Abouyaaqoub, who police say is the driver who plowed into the Las Ramblas thoroughfare in Barcelona, killing 14. He was shot and wounded by police. The attack killed two Finnish women, as well as a British paramedic, a Swede and an Italian. I shouted to people to give me something to go fight him with.

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"One man was injured trying to help a victim and one man tried to stop the attacker", Granroth said. "Someone gave me a baseball bat and I ran after the man along with some other people".

The Department passed the tip on to the Finnish Security Intelligence Services Supo. Doctors say all are in stable condition, the Finnish broadcaster said. We reported this to the police.

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