Finnish police request detention of 5 suspects arrested over knife attack

The main suspect, 18-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker Abderrahman Mechkah, is being investigated for two cases of murder with terrorist intent.

Candles, flowers and a placard reading 'There is no place for fear in Turku' have been left at the makeshift memorial for the victims of Friday's stabbings at the Turku Market Square, Finland on 20 August 2017. Picture: AFP

HELSINKI - Finnish police have requested that all five people arrested after a man went on a stabbing rampage last week, killing two people and wounding eight, should be held in pre-trial detention.

The main suspect, 18-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker Abderrahman Mechkah, is being investigated for two cases of murder with terrorist intent and eight attempted murders with terrorist intent, the police said on Monday.

Four other Moroccans, who deny involvement, are suspected of participation in the attacks.