Turku Stabbing Attack Suspect Wanted to Join Daesh - Reports

© REUTERS / LEHTIKUVA/Linda ManneFinnish police patrol in front of the Central Railway Station, after stabbings in Turku, in Central Helsinki, Finland August 18, 2017
Finnish police patrol in front of the Central Railway Station, after stabbings in Turku, in Central Helsinki, Finland August 18, 2017 - Sputnik International
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The Moroccan citizen, suspected of committing a stabbing attack in Finnish Turku, was reportedly seeking to join Daesh.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Abderrahman Mechkah, the Moroccan citizen, suspected of committing a stabbing attack in Finnish Turku last week, was seeking to join Daesh terrorist group, media reported Tuesday.

According to Yle broadcaster, Mechkah was listening to radical sermons through his mobile phone and residents of a Turku asylum center have repeatedly informed the leadership of the center about his threatening behavior.

Police officers stand next to a person lying on the pavement in the Finnish city of Turku where several people were stabbed on August 18, 2017 - Sputnik International
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On Friday, two people were killed and eight others were injured in a knife attack in Turku's market square. The key suspect, who was shot by police while being detained, was identified as an 18-year-old Moroccan citizen. The suspect arrived in Turku last year and was trying to get asylum in Finland.

The broadcaster added that the suspect had provided the authorities with false information regarding his name and age.

On Tuesday, a Finnish court took Mechkah into custody.

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