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Turku attacker revealed as Abderrahman Bouanane in court documents

The Southwest Finland District Court has revealed the real identity of the main suspect in a knife attack that took place in Turku a week and a half ago. On Monday, the court indicated that the name of the 22-year-old suspect is Abderrahman Bouanane.

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The main suspect in the Turku knife attacks participated in his remand hearing via a video link while in hospital last Tuesday. Image: Martti Kainulainen / Lehtikuva

Documents released by the Southwest Finland District Court on Monday indicate that the real identity of the main suspect in the deadly attacks that killed two women in Turku on Friday 18 August, is 22-year-old Abderrahman Bouanane.

Prior to the release of the court document, the tabloid daily Ilta-Sanomat reported the man’s name on Sunday.

Bouanane was remanded into pre-trial custody last Tuesday on suspicion of committing two murders with terrorist intent and eight attempted murders with terrorist intent.

Identity confirmed Sunday

The National Bureau of Investigation said that it received confirmation of the main suspect’s identity on Sunday, following cooperation with international counterparts. The main suspect previously passed himself off as Abderrahman Mechkah during his time in Finland.

Three other Moroccan men were also remanded into custody on Tuesday in connection with the attack, while investigators have also issued an international warrant for another suspect who has not been named.

Previously, the suspect admitted to the stabbings, however he denied being guilty of murder with a terrorist intent.

On Wednesday police released a man suspected of involvement in the stabbing case. According to the NBI, he is no longer a suspect in the case. Another man detained on Wednesday was also later released by police.

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