One day after a series of jihad attacks in Spain. Source: BBC: Finland killings: Knifeman ‘targeted women in Turku terror attack’
Police in Finland say a knifeman who killed two people in the south-western city of Turku on Friday appeared to choose women as targets.
They are treating the attack as a terrorist incident.
The suspect, arrested after being shot by police, is an 18-year-old Moroccan. Four other Moroccans have been held.
The two people stabbed to death were both Finnish. Eight people were also injured, among them a Briton, a Swede and an Italian.
The ages of the casualties ranged from 15 to 67, police said, but gave no more details.
Unconfirmed reports say six of the wounded were women.
Police said in a statement: “The act had been investigated as murder, but during the night we received additional information which indicates that the criminal offences are now terrorist killings.”
They said the identity of the 18-year-old Moroccan was known, but they have not released it.
At a later press briefing, they said the suspect had arrived in Finland in 2016 and had “been part of the asylum process”.
In addition to the four other arrests, an international search warrant has been issued for a sixth suspect.
The 18-year-old Moroccan is still being treated in hospital for a gunshot wound to the leg. Two other people are also still in hospital.
It was reported initially, including on video, and then it was scrubbed from all news major news outlets reporting. The attacker’s were screaming ‘allah akbar’. The terrorist is named Abderrahman Mechkah.
Armed police have opened fire on a knife-wielding attacker ‘screaming Allahu Akbar’ who has gone on a rampage ‘randomly stabbing people’ in Finland.
Police have confirmed “several people have been knifed” in the centre of Turku this afternoon – including ‘a woman and a baby’ in a pram, according to local media.
Video footage shot from an upper floor of a nearby building shows people fleeing in terror as cries of ‘Allahu Akbar’ could be heard in the background.
Photographs show several people covered in blood – and at least one woman lying dead on the floor.
Eyewitness Kent Svensson was sat in the window of a cafe when he heard “a woman scream, really really loudly”.
He said: “I saw this huge knife in his hand and he was several times stabbing this person who was then on the ground and people running everywhere and into the cafe where we were sat.
“And he was constantly stabbing people. I don’t know what he looked like, I just saw this knife, I just saw this knife… it was just awful.”
Another eyewitness, Paimii Riikka Hagman, said: “People ran and yelled and it was a terrible scandal. There were more people in it, it did not make it clear who was chasing and who was running away.”
“Then there was more screaming, and so when a woman with an about one-year old child on a pram was stabbed.
“(There) was a lot of blood and he yelled and yelled. Then he fell to the ground.
“It seemed to take ages for the ambulance to arrive. The woman was already not moving at that point.”
A similar attack happened in Germany a few weeks ago.