August 21, 2017 / 8:11 AM / a month ago

Finnish court names knife attack suspect Abderrahman Mechkah

Memorial candles at the Turku Market Square for the victims of Friday's stabbings in Turku, Finland August 19, 2017. Lehtikuva/Vesa Moilanen via REUTERS

HELSINKI (Reuters) - The 18-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker suspected of killing two women and wounding eight people with a knife in Finland on Friday is called Abderrahman Mechkah, a court said on Monday.

The crimes are being treated as murder and attempted murder with terrorist intent, the court said an emailed statement.

Police have requested that Mechkah, who is currently in hospital, be detained during preliminary investigations.

Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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