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Turku terror attack perpetrator receives additional sentence for assaulting prison guards

Abderrahman Bouanane is currently serving a life sentence for two counts of murder with terrorist intent and eight counts of attempted murder with terrorist intent.

Abderrahman Bouanane at the District Court of Southwest Finland in 2017. Image: Yle/Peter Karlberg

The District Court of Southwest Finland sentenced Abderrahman Bouanane, the perpetrator of the 2017 Turku terror attack who was previously given life imprisonment for his actions, to five months in prison for two counts of violently resisting an official in the performance of his duties.

The court handed down the verdict on Wednesday, although one charge of violently resisting an official was dropped.

The verdict can still be appealed to the Court of Appeal.

In late 2020, Bouanane bit a prison guard on the finger and a couple of weeks later kicked another prison guard in the inner thigh. The dismissed charge related to an incident in which he pretended to assault a prison guard.

There have been delays in sentencing because of a backlog of cases in the district court.

In 2017, Bouanane stabbed two people resulting in their death in Turku's Market Square and was sentenced to life imprisonment for two counts of murder with terrorist intent and eight counts of attempted murder.