Turku attack suspect had appealed negative asylum decision

Finnish law enforcement officials have confirmed that the 18 year-old who police suspect carried out a bloody attack in Turku last week was a rejected asylum seeker and had been in the process of appealing the decision.

The National Bureau of Investigation's (NBI) Director Robin Lardot. Image: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva

The National Bureau of Investigation's (NBI) Director Robin Lardot confirmed on Monday that the Moroccan national - suspected of killing two people and injuring eight others in a knife attack last week - had his asylum application rejected by Finnish authorities.

Lardot said that the suspect had started the appeals process of his asylum application man before allegedly carrying out the knife attack.

Earlier reports from police confirmed that the main suspect had sought asylum in Finland, but did not specify which stage his application had reached.