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Helsinki arson suspect surrenders to police in western Finland

A man wanted in connection with a suspected arson attempt on a home in Helsinki’s Käpylä district was remanded into police custody on Sunday.

Poliisi eristi tapahtumapaikan maanantai-iltana.
Police sealed off the area near the blaze on Monday night. Image: Jussi Nukari / Lehtikuva

The Helsinki district court has remanded a man suspected of attempted arson and attempted murder into police custody, ending a short-lived manhunt, police said on Sunday.

The 25 year-old is suspected of using a Molotov cocktail to cause a fire at a flat in Käpylä, Helsinki last Monday.

The apartment was completely destroyed in the ensuing blaze. The occupant of the flat was at home at the time, but managed to escape unharmed and sought shelter with a neighbour.

On Wednesday, police issued an arrest warrant for the suspect, whom they believed was still in the Helsinki region. However on the same day the man turned himself in to police in Kokkola, in central Ostrobothnia on Finland’s west coast.

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