Hearing Set for Turku, Finland, Knife Attack Suspect

Hearing Set for Turku, Finland, Knife Attack Suspect

Hearing Set for Turku, Finland, Knife Attack Suspect

Candles and flowers have been left at the makeshift memorial for the victims of Friday's stabbings at the Turku Market Square.

"The Israeli government expresses its shock and strongly condemns the terrorist attack in the city of Turku last Friday in which two people were killed and eight wounded", it said in a statement released Monday.

Police said he may appear via video link from hospital after he was shot in the leg and arrested on Friday.

He is still having hospital treatment for his stab wounds, but turned up in a wheelchair.

Geert Wilders was accused of hate speech for questioning whether the Netherlands was really better off with more Moroccan Muslims. He had gone to the aid of a woman who later died.

"I confirm that the main suspect has been in the process of asylum-seeking in Finland and the decision he had [previously] received was appealed", Yle cited the head of Finland's National Bureau of Investigation (KRP), Robin Lardot, as saying.

The regional court in Turku also said that four other Moroccans "are suspected of participation in the murders and attempted murders committed with a terrorist intent".

The ages of the casualties ranged from 15 to 67.

According to eyewitnesses cited in another report in Repubblica, the attacker shouted "Allah Akbar" - which translates as "God is great" - before stabbing people in the main square in the port city of Turku.

The man is an asylum seeker who targeted women in his attack, police said Saturday, adding that they were treating the incident as an act of terror.

An arrest warrant has also been issued for another Moroccan man internationally.

A private person had informed local police of the attacker and the police had sent the information to SUPO, Yle said.

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