Finland stabbing suspect may have been radicalised: intelligence agency

Injured paramedic Hassan Zubier

Injured paramedic Hassan Zubier

KRP has requested that he be detained on suspicion of two counts of murder committed with terrorist intent and eight counts of attempted murder committed with terrorist intent.

Hundreds of people gathered in Turku's central market square on Sunday to leave flowers and candles at the location of Friday's violence.

A court in Finland has named the main suspect in the Turku knife attack as Abderrahman Mechkah.

Within hours of the attack in the shopping district of the mid-sized city on Friday, authorities had announced increased police patrols across the country, with police later saying they had arrested five people who had been in contact with the suspect. Three were in intensive care, including the main suspect.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, though police are investigating possible links to Thursday's deadly van attack by suspected Islamic militants in the Spanish city of Barcelona in which 13 people were killed.

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Prime Minister Juha Sipila told a news conference that Finland had experienced a terrorist attack for the first time.

"We can not continue the current way of getting information about persons potentially risky to our citizens from overseas, but we are not able to investigate them sufficiently and in time", Mr Sipila said.

Finnish police have not identified the suspect, who arrived in Finland a year ago. He went to Finland in 2016 and had since lived in an immigration centre in Turku, according to the Red Cross. Police have not confirmed this. Later that day police said that they were confident the area was safe. "Maybe because there are no big reasons to have it granted". Only 20 were granted.

Supo says it devotes most of its anti-terrorism resources to tracking the people on the list.