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Convicted Turku terror attacker faces charges for assaulting prison guards

Abderrahman Bouanane used violence in order to prevent prison officials from performing their duties, according to the charges.

A memorial for the knife attack victims at Turku's Market Square in 2017. Image: Linus Hoffman/Yle

Abderrahman Bouanane, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for the Turku terrorist attack in 2017, is facing charges of assaulting guards in a Turku prison.

The indictment alleges that in October 2020, while carrying out his 12-15 year sentence, Bouanane took a bite out of a prison guard’s finger and kicked another.

According to the charges, Bouanane used violence in order to prevent prison officials from performing their duties.

No written response has been issued to indicate whether the accused admits or denies the charges.

OnAugust 18, 2017, Bouanane stabbed two people to death and injured eight others in the centre of Turku, in what became Finland's first legally-defined terror attack.

In August 2018, the District Court of Southwest Finland found him guilty of two counts of murder with terrorist intent and eight counts of attempted murder with terrorist intent.

Bouanane appealed against the verdict, but later withdrew his appeal.