August 21, 2017 / 8:27 AM / a month ago

Finnish court names knife attack suspect Abderrahman Mechkah

People mourn next to memorial candles and flowers at the Market Square in Turku, Finland August 19, 2017. REUTERS/Tuomas Forsell

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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